Donald Trump on Electric Ships/Boats

From a speech at Las Vegas (source: Newsweek):

“I say, what would happen if the boat sank from its weight, and you’re in the boat, and you have this tremendously powerful battery, and the battery is now underwater. And there’s a shark that’s approximately 10 yards over there,” …

“By the way, lot of shark attacks lately, I watched some guys justifying it today. ‘Well, they weren’t really that angry. They bit off the young lady’s leg because of the fact that they were, they were not hungry, but they misunderstood who she was,” Trump added. “He said ‘there’s no problem with sharks, they just didn’t really understand a young woman’s swimming. She really got decimated and other people too, a lot of shark attacks.”

…  “So I said, there’s a shark 10 yards away from the boat, do I get electrocuted? If the boat is sinking, water goes over the battery, the boat is sinking, do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted? Or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted?

“Because I will tell you he didn’t know the answer. He said, ‘you know, nobody’s ever asked me that question.’ I said I think it’s a good question. I think there’s a lot of electric current coming to that water. But you know what I’d do? If there was a shark or you get electrocuted, I’ll take electrocution every single time. I’m not getting near the shark.”

Video here.

For a more coherent discussion of some issues of reliability and safety, see Qazi et al. 2023. “Powering Maritime: Challenges and prospects in ship electrification,” IEEE Electrification Magazine 11(2): 74-87.

Some information regarding Mr. Trump’s advice on hydroxychloroquine, from BMJOpen.

23 thoughts on “Donald Trump on Electric Ships/Boats

  1. Macroduck

    Looks like it’s open season…

    Regarding liquor (and other) licenses in the State of New Jersey:

    N.J. Stat. § 33:1-25

    “No license of any class shall be issued to any person under the age of 18 years or to any person who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.”

    State officials are now looking into the liquor license held by the Bedminster Gold Club. ‘Cause turpitude.

  2. Macroduck

    “He was a really big shark, and he came up to me, crying, tears streaming down his face, and he said…”

  3. Macroduck

    “I’ll take electrocution every single time.” OK, well, New York is not a death-penalty state. Sorry, Donald.

    You don’t know how sorry.

    Moving on to other felony trials, the federal government does have a death penalty, as does Georgia, but don’t get your hopes up.

    As things progress, Trump may want to know about Wisconsin and Arizona. No and yes, respectively.

    I’ll stop now. Just for a while.

  4. pgl

    Trump is now claiming he went to MIT? He barely got out of Wharton. BTW he told the same audience that he did not care if they suffered in the heat as all he gives a damn about is their vote. MAGA!

    1. pgl

      On June 9, 2024, a video clip of former U.S. President Donald Trump on the campaign trail went viral in which he reportedly told his audience, “I don’t care about you, I just want your vote. I don’t care.” Dozens of posts on X containing the clip racked up millions of views collectively. “Freudian slip of the century,” one X user commented.

  5. pgl

    “”This is like listening to your senile uncle at the dinner table after he has that third drink” – Stephen King

  6. Moses Herzog

    Think about this, when you see complete idiots like Bruce Hall discussing “cleaning out the swamp”. Lifted from “Politico”
    Trump has been under pressure from the NRSC chair, Sen. STEVE DAINES (R-Mont.), and other party poo-bahs to back Brown over Gunter as the more electable candidate. And, finally, late Sunday night, Trump delivered the nod on Truth Social (after curiously deciding not to endorse Brown at a Las Vegas rally hours earlier).

    Gunter is not taking the snub lying down. In fact, he is now waging a scorched-earth effort to attack the endorsement decision as being part of a pay-to-play scheme inside the NRSC and Trump world.

    He first insinuated foul play in an X posting yesterday, and he went even further in a call to Playbook last night where he accused Daines and the NRSC of sabotaging his campaign from the beginning by threatening consultants who worked with him.

    It’s a shocking and rare instance of a Republican candidate pushing back on a Trump endorsement, the all-important, make-or-break currency of big-time Republican politics today — and an episode that peels back the curtain on the high-stakes jockeying that frequently takes place behind the scenes before those endorsements are made.

    Gunter was careful not to blame Trump himself. But, he said, “I do think that he’s surrounded by handlers who, you know, probably have other vested interests in other candidates.”

  7. Moses Herzog

    Well, looks like out on the school playground another neighborhood kid was chosen as the team quarterback and Elon wasn’t included in any pass plays. Now Elon Musk is crying out to mother and taking his football home.

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk is threatening to ban his employees from taking Apple devices into their workplaces after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a partnership on Monday to integrate OpenAI’s artificial intelligence technology into its operating systems.

    On Monday evening, Musk wrote on his social media platform X that adding OpenAI’s tech into Apple’s systems “is an unacceptable security violation.” He added that visitors to his businesses, which also include SpaceX, “will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage.”

    Because Elon Musk is, like, “concerned about humanity”, and stuff.

  8. Moses Herzog

    Well…… this is “shocking”……. and to think of all the loving glances me and my former girlfriend got when we were together in public over there. And her parents’ attitude towards the deal, after gifting her Dad some Maotai liquor from an official Maotai store. Just, I can’t get over this stunning and “unexpected” Jilin news.

    I left around 2008, any guesses from the class on why?? Yup, you’re right~~tired of wonton soup. Damn!!!!~~you guys are good at these guessing games.

    1. Ivan

      The view of US has shifted because Xi has been desperately trying to build distracting external “enemies” who are “causing” the pain that his incompetence is showering onto the Chinese people. It’s like blaming all the ills of America and the pain of many regular people, on aliens coming here (and saving us from hyperinflation by filling jobs no American want).

      Both China and US have had incompetent coward leaders who blamed bad stuff on each other. The predictable outcome is that some disturbed individuals will snap and conduct violent xenophobic attacks. SAD.

    1. Ivan

      Yes he never stops to think that maybe nobody ever came up with that idea, because it is soooo stupid. Have a cup of bleach Donnyboy.

    1. pgl

      ‘In 2020, former Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Norrham signed a bill allowing municipalities to grant collective bargaining rights to public employees in Virginia. Since then, tens of thousands of public employees across Virginia have joined the labor movement, making it the fastest growing state for unions in the country.’

      And we were told by some troll who has now been banned that Democrats and Unions do nothing for workers.

    2. Moses Herzog

      ‘ppreciate it. Yeah, some good news. You can find good news here and there and reasons to smile. And pro-Union stuff does make me smile a lot and feel better about the future. But the overwhelming emotion between now and late evening November 5 will be anxiousness and nervous distress.

  9. Baffling

    Rick stryker whined on about how trump was persecuted in the trial by anti trump judicial system that was under orders from biden. Then hunter was convicted and the entire basis for an anti trump judicial system melted away. So let us return to the trump chant and “ lock him up” for the preservation of our republic.
    No convicted felon should be allowed to run for president. Notice how Florida passed laws to take away a felons right to vote, but now are contorting themselves to rescind the rules in light of convicted felon trumps residency in the state. Special treatment for trump, again. And now it seems the rnc is operating a pay for play program, once don got his tentacles in the chair position. And you expected something other than racketeering from that development?

    1. pgl

      Was Rick stryker part of the Trump defense team? That would explain the total incompetence of this team.

  10. Ivan

    One of the tings about Trump is that he is as dumb as the average voter and they like it. He is incapable, and not even interested in, obtaining knowledge, think about it and analyze it critically. He is like the half drunk guy at the bar spewing out words that sounds good if you don’t know much, and don’t think about it (and nobody in the bar does). They like Trump even more when some of those annoying intellectuals attack him with their facts and analysis and stuff, because they themselves hate being humiliated by those kind of smarty pants guys.

  11. James

    As the impacts of climate change are increasingly becoming obvious to everyone – (one example of impact on food prices )

    Compare Biden admin response with historic investment in renewable energy, investment in EVs, and launching the American Climate Corps to train people in clean energy, conservation, and climate resilience skills With the GOP response to climate change.

    The GOP is still calling climate change a hoax and you should ban electric boats – I watched a couple of Trump’s recent rallies – I doubt Fox News or the MAGA cult can even articulate/explain what Trump’s dingbat nonsense ramblings mean in terms of policy.

    1. pgl

      Food Companies Hope You Won’t Notice Shortages Are Raising Prices
      Between climate change, geopolitical strife and supply chain bottlenecks, consumers better get used to the food volatility tax.

      It is not all Biden’s fault. I bet this story is going to ruin Bruce Hall’s day in so many ways!

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