2025: The new Verts French government announced it would make the Eiffel Tower greener: the edifice would become a giant vertical socket bar from which the entire city could re-charge its electric cars. In no time, three million car-owners were plugging their cars into the ‘Eiffel Power’, as it became popularly known.
But the really clever idea was that the Tower was constantly struck by lightning, energy it was equipped to harness. The drivers unknowingly paid for electricity that the government got for free, in turn allowing the Verts to increase spending, cut taxes, and be re-elected for ever. Genius.