Tesla Motors is looking for someplace to put its shiny new $4-5 billion electric car battery factory, replete with 6,500 high-paying green jobs. Understandably, states are lining up. The Lone Star State’s governor, Rick Perry, has done the math, and he wants all that work for little old Texas.

Perry never struck us as the electric car sort. In fact, he’s pushed for more offshore drilling and is begging for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. But with billions in his eyes, he’s apparently taken a cotton to the luxo-hotrods, even taking one for a spin in some camera-heavy environments.