Tesla founder, coal boss exchange “fraud” comments

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The CEO of the US’s largest privately-held coal company has called car maker Tesla a fraud.

Reuters reports that Robert Murray told an interviewer yesterday (US time) that Tesla was the recipient of green subsidies of the kind supported by US Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Here again, it’s subsidies, and Hillary Clinton said they need government help,” Murray told CNBC

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk replied on Twitter that his car company received pennies in the dollar compared to what the coal industry claims in subsidies.

“Real fraud going on is denial of climate science. As for “subsidies”, Tesla gets pennies on dollar vs coal. How about we both go to zero?” he Tweeted.

Tesla US buyers, notes the company’s website, are able to get a $US 7,500 tax credit when they buy a vehicle.

Over the weekend Musk announced that Tesla would make a surprise product unveiling on the 17th, “unexpected by most”.