Can't quote the AP, but McCain is offering $300 million dollars to the whoever can develop some sort of revolutionary battery. Depends on the battery I suppose, but a truly revolutionary transportation technology is clearly going to be worth a hell of a lot more than that to the inventor--hundreds of billions, I'd assume. Hard to see how the economic incentives for development will change much because of this. Anyway, the story reminded me of this Austin Powers scene . . .
. . . so I guess it was worth it.