John McCain is proposing a prize of $300 million to show he cares about the environment, too, durnit!
The Arizona senator proposed a $300 million prize for whoever can develop a better automobile battery, and $5,000 tax credits for consumers who buy new zero-emission vehicles. The latest proposal is in addition to his support for overturning the federal ban on offshore oil drilling.
How much better? Eh, he didn’t say.
Is there a end date, a realistic goal? Eh, he didn’t say.
Does McCain have any practical knowledge of how batteries work that would lead him to believe – aside from tapping his fairy wand – that this is a tangible goal? Eh, he didn’t say. And if he did, he’d probably cite Moore’s Law and then call anyone who corrected him an intellectual elitist.
This is the most half-assed political posturing I’ve seen in a while.