JERRY POURNELLE: “The purpose of prizes is to focus attention on a goal. . . . The neat thing about prizes is that we spend no money unless someone wins. Now surely it would be worth far more than $300 million to have any capitalist have the battery technology McCain describes. Indeed it would be worth far more, and the only real criticism of the McCain prize might be that it wasn’t large enough. On the other hand, how does it harm us to have the $300 million offered? This is a very good move on McCain’s part, and makes me a lot happier to support him than I was. It makes him something more than the lesser evil.”
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