A little red wine, vintage record, some Ambien … and magic!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2017
Like Keith Moon, and not in a good way
The increasingly erratic Elon Musk is now claiming that he got verbal governmental approval to construct a Hyperloop transit system from Washington, DC and New York City.
Rather unsurprisingly all manner of public officials over the proposed route have no recollection of any such discussion:
Elon Musk does not have government approval to build a Hyperloop tunnel from New York City to Washington DC.
The Tesla executive took to Twitter this morning to tantalize his legion of fans and the tech press with the “news” that he had “just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins … City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city.”
Lest any billionaires need to brush up on civics 101: the US system of government does not operate on “verbal government approvals”.
Musk walked back his claim about 90 minutes later, tweeting: “Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly”.
A lot of work is needed to receive formal approval, indeed.
Musk was received with typical credulity by the tech press, and considerable consternation by various government agencies. Several spokespeople who answered the phones at relevant city, state and federal government bodies laughed upon hearing of the claim that an interstate transit project with a significant street-level footprint in four of the east coast’s largest cities could be approved verbally.
Gee, you think?
I’m not sure if Musk has gone over the edge because of drug abuse, Ambien and alcohol is addictive and dangerous, or if it’s because he has become convinced of his own epic awesomeness from sycophants and the, “Typical credulity by the tech press,” but Elon Musk is well into delusional, and seems to be heading to Bond villain territory.
I’m kind of surprised. Of all the PayPal mafia, I would have figured that would be vampire Peter Thiel would go over the edge first.