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Dear Elon Musk

March 2, 2014

Elon Musk
Tesla Headquarters
3500 Deer Creek
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Dear Elon,

Is the Tesla lead-free?

I’m asking you this question both as a mother of lead-poisoned children and as the Executive Director of the 501(c)3 nonprofit for lead-poisoning prevention, Lead Safe America Foundation.

The full potency of this ubiquitous neurotoxin (Lead – Pb) is only now beginning to be fully appreciated and the story of this new understanding about the societal costs of lead exposure is told in my upcoming documentary feature film, MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic (please watch the trailer at,)

As the Director of this highly-anticipated film (and E.D. and Founder of an internationally recognized nonprofit that provides both resources and a support network for parents of lead poisoned children, engages in outreach and education for childhood lead poisoning prevention and acts as a clearing house for up-to-date scientific research and information regarding childhood lead poisoning, Lead Safe America Foundation – LSAF), I’d love to meet with you and test the Tesla S with my Niton XRF (from our sponsor Thermo Fisher Scientific)- and if the Tesla is lead-free I would like to collaborate with you on a public announcement that the Lead Safe America Foundation endorses the environmental footprint of the Tesla – specifically in that it would officially be the first ever “Lead Safe America Foundation-Certified” lead-safe / lead-free vehicle.

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It would also be fun of course to have a Tesla as the official “company car” for the Lead Safe America Foundation!…

We have a dream for this summer (2014) of driving across the United States screening our film in the many cities that have contacted us requesting we bring the film to their communities; in a 90-day trip (June, July, August)  we hope to reach at least 60 communities with screenings of the film as well as resources and information to protect their children from being poisoned by lead in their homes, soil and environment.

I can’t think of a more appropriate vehicle to use for our summer tour than the Tesla Model S – a collaboration that would represent a convergence of two entities (Tesla and LSAF) working on creating positive environmental change for the future of our children, and would be especially appropriate given your personal commitment to nonprofits focused on children’s health and well being.

I realize that it is a very bold request—especially at first glance—but if you were able to provide one of your unique, genuinely environmental examples of visionary, “unreasonable” thinking in design, engineering, manufacture & marketing it would be the perfect fit for/expression of our own bold vision of a world without the huge burden of societal constraints and costs imposed by widespread and permanent-yet-preventable brain damage in our society—to 22 million (and counting) American children of the current generation—caused by childhood lead exposure/lead poisoning!

As we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we would graciously accept one of your cars as a tax-deductible contribution of in-kind support of our work. With your donation you would be joining more than 800 others who have contributed to our work in some way since the Lead Safe America Foundation was founded in 2011 – some of whom have given in-kind at a comparable level (3M, The Who and Thermo Fisher to start.)

Thank you for your consideration.

And please let me know when I can meet with you and test your car!

Tamara Rubin
Mother of Four Boys – Two with significant lead-poisoning related issues
Executive Director
Lead Safe America Foundation

“LSAF  Concept Car” – Tesla S —  loaded 🙂  – with sponsor logos.


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