I see these comments a lot on the Tesla blog, "...whatever you do, please don’t sell out to “BigCar” and/or “BigOil.” That might serve to slow down the U.S. movement to less depending on foreign energy...." I you buy into the theory that Big Oil put Bush JR into power and they collectively used 911 as an excuse to start a war for oil/money that has put our country billions of dollars in debt so they could make record profits, how could this affect Tesla Motors? The mind reels at the power BO is wielding in this hypothetical scenario. A small 60 million startup company that has a disruptive technology that threatens to rock BO's world would be simply squashed like a bug. This could be done with a petty-cash buyout. We are talking pocket change. A luxury mansion for one BO exec might run 30 mill. Seriously. This would be nothing for them. Or if the BO concerns go beyond this one company to the concept of electric transportation in general, the technology could be attacked. They work in subterfuge to not immediately reveal another visible Nicad scenario. A fear campaign against batteries and the lethal power in them or a legal front mounted either at the components like Lith-ion, regen, acceleration, and safety or even electric motors themselves. Taking away any subsidies or fed-state and local incentives and even going so far has having restrictions against electrics could be lobbied. Look out for BO secretly funded anti-electric groups to form (if they don't already exist). They might have names like "Concerned Citizens for the Environment" who is against copper mining and batteries like Lith-ion or "Taxpayers Against Government Waste" that fights Electric subsidies or "Mothers for children" Who venomously fight the high current electrocution potential in an ESS right behind the passenger seat. The mind boggles at what BO may be capable of and how tiny Tesla may be in their sights. If I were Martin and believed this to be true or eminent, I might never even start the project except to have a couple of cool cars to race around in California. In the end maybe that will be the result -if, BO chooses to allow it.