Government "Flabbergasted" After Elon Musk's Most Bizarre Claim Yet

Elon Musk set the interwebs ablaze this morning when he tweeted out that he somehow got every major city on the eastern seaboard to "verbally approve" a "NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop" to be built by his Boring Company.

"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."

 

"Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly."

 

"If you want this to happen fast, please let your local & federal elected representatives know. Makes a big difference if they hear from you."

 

Of course, if you're like us, the first question that came to mind after reading those tweets is whether Musk is really just that naive, if he thinks we're all really just that dumb or if he's just gone completely batshit crazy...mix of all three?

Now, we don't have a Masters in Government from Harvard, but we're almost certain there is no such thing as a "verbal agreement" when it comes to massive public projects that span multiple states and cost billions, if not trillions, of taxpayer dollars.  And while Musk may be permitted to unilaterally make decisions to burn through hundreds of millions of dollars worth of shareholder money at Tesla, municipalities are specifically designed to prevent granting such powers to individuals when it comes to blowing through taxpayer funds.

Not surprisingly, it didn't take long before various "government" officials took to twitter to point out that they hadn't the faintest clue what Musk was even talking about...

New York City's mayoral press secretary apparently wasn't in the loop...

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York didn't even know who Elon Musk was...which is not a good sign for that "verbal agreement" getting converted to a 'contractual' agreement at any point in the near future.

But, it wasn't just New York City that was flabbergasted by Musk's announcement as government officials from NYC to Washington D.C., and everywhere between, were forced to spend their entire day laughing off calls from anxious reporters about his imaginary project.  Per The Guardian:

“Who gave him permission to do that?” asked a spokesman with the Maryland department of transportation.

 

“Elon Musk has had no contact with Philadelphia officials on this matter,” said Mike Dunn, the city spokesman. “We do not know what he means when he says he received ‘verbal government approval’. There are numerous hurdles for this unproven ‘hyperloop’ technology before it can become reality.”

 

A spokesperson for the state of Pennsylvania confirmed that neither the governor nor the state’s department of transportation had been contacted by Musk or his company.

 

Ben Sarle, a spokesman for the New York City mayor’s office, said in an email: “Nobody in City Hall, or any of our city agencies, has heard from Mr Musk or any representatives of his company.”

 

“The New York state department of transportation did not give verbal approval for a hyperloop,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Post.

 

Anthony McCarthy, the spokesman for the Baltimore mayor, Catherine Pugh, said: “Mr Musk’s announcement on Twitter was the first that the city heard of the Hyperloop project. ” However, Pugh said in a statement that she was “excited” to hear about the idea, which could “create new opportunities for Baltimore and transform the way we link to neighboring cities” – if it becomes a reality.

 

Similarly, LaToya Foster, the spokeswoman for Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser, said: “This is the first we heard of it . We can’t wait to hear more.”

Does anyone else feel like they've seen this proposal somewhere before?

Comments

El Oregonian tmosley Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:44 Permalink

Oops... Elon has left the Reservation. He started to talk about the underground rail tracks and the ability to travel from D.U.M.B. site to D.U.M.B. site throughout their network of tunnels. Revealing any news and the technology of traveling over electrical current without physical contact will get him a severe reprimand.

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Manthong AVmaster (not verified) Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:58 Permalink

 
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Gee… It seems like he has nowhere to go but down…. His words, not mine.

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Manthong Manthong Thu, 07/20/2017 - 23:20 Permalink

  Actually it is  pretty visionary… Move the batteries from Australia… Maybe put a few nuke plants right on top the aquifer to charge them all up… ..and then make all of the snowflakes, their idiot liberal parents and professors go total Morlock. ..We will protect the pretty little Eloi sex slaves up here with our over 300 million firearms. ..Maybe we will find them tasty, too. 

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Akzed Creative_Destruct Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:34 Permalink

What he means is that he got the okay from The Cabal, not the satrapies mentioned in the story. Unfortunately for him, he blabbed before the story was filtered thru CNNMSNBCFOXABCNTYCBSWaPo. The Boring Company was going to get $XX billion to connect spurs in the cities mentioned to existing DUMB tunnels, then once the money was laundered he would get a cut and The Cabal the lion's share. Now it's all up in the air as his handlers figure out what to do next.

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PT 2000 Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:04 Permalink

Yeah, but if a few tweets can motivate a couple of million dumbasses to do his bidding for free, then he can successfully have others bring the mountain to Mohammed.  Then imagine how big his ego could be!!!!  The role of "boss" wasn't taken so he took it for himself.In my neck of the woods, it was common for the young up-and-comers to ask their secretaries to call commercial airlines and ask them to delay the flight if they were running late."Shake that tree.  See what falls out.  If you don't shake the tree then nothing falls out!"  It worked for them, I guess (not getting the flights delayed, but that philosophy is bound to work elsewhere.)Or like the lotto ticket.  Sure the odds are low, but what if you win?  And you have to be in it to win it.(Though PT maintains that if he truly is lucky enuff to win the lotto then he'll be so lucky that someone else will give him the winning ticket.)

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PT PT Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:13 Permalink

Face it.  There is no downside to Musk making this tweet.  The people he pisses off aren't in a position to affect him negatively in any way.  And if he has enough adoring, zombified followers, who knows what barriers they may soften, if not tear down completely?

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Lumberjack 2000 Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:47 Permalink

Didn't Barnum and Baily just shutter their doors? Musk appatently didn't get the memo. Maybe the EU would be interested in his 'Deportation Machine'.

On that note I have devised a solar powered clothes dryer. If the guv gives me $500 billion, I will provide every household in america with one....just think of the electricity and CO^2 this will save!

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mc888 nmewn Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:45 Permalink

I say we fund the start of the tunnel for a couple mil

You prepared to get Chris Christie's approval for that?Musk is delusional and possibly geographically-challenged. His proposal would require tunneling under the entire state of NJ. This of course means palms would need greasing, it would have to be done by union labor, and costs will be passed on to state taxpayers as the project runs behind schedule and over budget. If they ever get it working it will immediately break down once it gets to Philly.

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