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Tesla Hosts Lobbying Group Shunned by Ford Over Climate Stance

Tesla Motors Inc. is hosting a party for a conservative lobbying group whose opposition to climate-change initiatives has driven Google, Ford Motor Co. and several oil companies to drop their membership.

Tesla, a clean-energy tech company that makes electric vehicles and is moving into solar panels on rooftops, is not a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council. It is nonetheless hosting a reception for a new ALEC venture at its Washington, D.C. showroom Thursday evening, blocks away from the site of the organization’s three-day policy summit.

The invitation promises "an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking" at the Tesla showroom, where guests will be able to meet the leaders of ALEC’s newly created "Energy Innovation Project," dedicated to helping states forge policies fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship surrounding U.S. energy resources.

Although Tesla’s involvement is limited to providing its space as a destination for ALEC’s cocktail party, it’s an unusual act by the electric car manufacturer, whose Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk is an outspoken advocate of carbon taxes, because ALEC has actively lobbied against them. The group also has pushed to repeal state renewable energy mandates and criticized caps on greenhouse gas emissions.

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