Meet the man willing to spend millions to convince Elon Musk to dump Trump

Doug Derwin is devoting up to$ 2m to entice Teslas CEO to speak out against US climate change policies and resign from groups advising Trump

Luxury car proprietors may seem like an unlikely target for coordinating a political resistance movement, but to Doug Derwin, its all about the manufacture: Tesla.

Derwin is devoting up to$ 2m in an effort to persuade Teslas CEO, Elon Musk, to speak out against Donald Trumps climate change policy and resign from his positions in groups advising Trump on the enterprises and manufacturing rackets. On Monday, Derwin propelled the website laying out his argument that Musks role in the administration is inconsistent with his character as a ruler on climate change.

Full page ads will run in the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News on Sunday. Television ads will air during Morning Joe, Meet the Press and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Over the recent months, Derwin has positioned portable posters around the offices of Musks various companionships with contents including Elon: The Trump Wont Wash Off and SpaceX: Is Mars Worth Global Warming Here?

Over the recent months, “hes having” positioned portable posters around the offices of Elon Musks various companionships. Image: Kindnes of Doug Derwin

He is also questioning proprietors of Tesla vehicles to sign a petition and send personal contents to Musk. Those on the waitlist for Teslas begrudged vehicles are encouraged to withdraw an action Derwin took when he learned of Musks ties to Trump.( Derwin said that he lost his deposit and gifted the $150,000 cost of the car to the American Civil Liberties Union .)

So far, Derwin estimates that “hes having” depleted $750,000 on awareness-raising campaigns. If Musk accedes to his requisitions, “hes having” expressed willingness to give$ 1m to a kindnes of Musks choice.

The Elon Dump Trump campaign was one of several nascent make further efforts to adversity the tech industry to push back against the Trump administration, but it may be best available money. Derwin said he suffered a windfall due to the post-election stock exchange revival.

Doug Derwin took himself off the waitlist for a Tesla when he learned of Musks ties to Trump. Image: Courtesy Doug Derwin

Donald Trumps election has prepared me a great deal of money, he supposed. I consider that blood fund. Ill use it to oppose Trump.

While Derwin is of the view that Trumps presidency is a travesty on multiple positions, he is particularly outraged by his rollback of climate change regulations. The point that Musk has constituted for photo-ops with Trump is particularly galling, Derwin supposed, because Musk is recognized as being a leader on climate change.

I want Musk to speak up against Donald Trumps climate change programs, he supposed. His had failed to do so mail the sense that its not really a big deal and not worth his time.

Though Musk has yet to respond to Derwins call, Tesla is surely attaches great importance. Sam Teller, chairman of the office of the CEO at SpaceX and Tesla, contacted Derwin by phone after his posters started sounding up.

Teller told Derwin that Musks sincerity shouldnt be questioned on climate change, and that speaking out against him was the mistaken thing to do, according to Derwin. Last-place week, Derwin was invited to a gather at Teslas factory in Fremont, where he sat down with Teller, Tesla general counsel Todd Maron, and Teslas vice-president of business development, Diarmuid OConnell.

While Derwin is of the view that Trumps presidency is a travesty on multiple positions, he is particularly outraged by his rollback of climate change regulations. Image: Courtesy Doug Derwin

Though Derwin willingly agreed to keep the contents of the gather confidential, he did say that it didnt accomplish anything. As for the fact that there is Maron, Derwin supposed, I was a solicitor and still am When you take a solicitor to a gather like that, its intended to send a signal.

Tesla did not respond to repeated inquiries about its interactions with Derwin. Questioned for comment on Musks view of Trumps climate change policy, a Tesla spokesman shared a statement by Musk from early February, when he was first under pressure retired from Trumps business advisory group.

Advisory committees simply provide advice and listening does not mean that I agree with acts by the Administration. My goals are to accelerate the worlds transition to sustainable force and to promotion make humanity a multi-planet civilization, a consequence of which will be the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all, the statement read. I understand the point of view of those who any objections to my listening this meeting, but I conclude at this time that employing on crucial question will on poise dish “the worlds largest” good.

In the weeks since Musk met with Trump, the president has gone back fuel efficiency touchstones for vehicles, indicated an exec guild to erase Barack Obamas clean power propose, and proposed a plan that would gut the Environmental Protection Agencys climate change, contamination, and energy efficiency programs.

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