(Scene 1 – White House West Wing)
Mike Pence (MP): Mr. President, I got your message.
Donald Trump (DT): Hello Mike. Yeah, I need some help.
MP: Yes, what can I do?
DT: Until our NSF man is appointed I need to get someone to get the eggheads working on something for me.
MP: Sure I’ll get someone on the phone right away and have them line up the subject matter experts you need. What is the subject?
MP: Mr. President, isn’t it a little early in the term to start rattling sabres?
DT: No not bombs, power plants.
MP: But why Mr. President? With fracking and the lower prices it isn’t economical to build nuclear power plants.
DT: Think big Mike. Sure, oil’s cheap now but it isn’t infinite. We’ve got to look for a fuel that will still be around in a thousand years and solve the problems before we’re already using it.
MP: Alright, that’s true. But right now the environmentalists are up in arms about the climate change thing and are ready to start a war with you.
DT: Exactly. And that’s how I’m gonna sell it to them. I’ll make them put their money where their mouths are.
DT: I’ll simply say if they believe that global warming is real then they must support an alternative to fossil fuels. It’s just been shown how useless wind and solar are for practical power generation. I’ll tell them if they want to save the planet, they’ll have to sign on to this initiative. They’ll be too scared to admit the whole thing was a hoax so they’ll be backed into a corner. And once they agree it’ll utterly piss off the Gaia crowd who hate nukes worse than they hate me. It’s a real win win.
MP: Sounds like an interesting idea. Where do you intend to locate this new project?
MP: No, Mr. President! The optics would be terrible!
DT: Wrong again. This program would generate jobs all the way from PhD’s down to janitors. Putting Americans to work is the best kind of optics there is. And Detroit needs jobs like nowhere else.
MP: Maybe you’re right about this. But why are you suddenly interested in nuclear power?
DT: Because I’m from Queens.
MP: I don’t understand.
DT: Have you ever seen the site of the 1963 World’s Fair?
MP: Well yes. The Unisphere and the flying saucer towers that they showed in Men in Black.
DT: Yeah. Well I was a teenager when my parents brought me to it. And I saw a vision of the future that included unlimited power, space travel, a cure for cancer and flying cars. Well I’m seventy years old and the only space age thing I see is the cell phone in my pocket.
That doesn’t cut it.
My grandkids are going to live in a world without limits. I’m tired of losers whining about why we can’t do the things we know we can do. And I think it’s about time we start doing them. I’m also going to restart the space program. But we’re gonna need a better propulsion system to get to Mars. I saw Matt Damon raising potatoes in his own poop because it took two years to get to Mars. With nukes we could get there in two weeks. That’s what we’re gonna do.
MP: I’ll get them on the phone.
DT: Oh, and see if anyone has a background in underwater construction. I always wanted to build a hotel in the Gulf of Mexico. Good winter vacation spot.