Elon Musk believes world needs more oil and gas
On Monday, Elon Musk told reporters that in the “short term,” fossil fuels will continue to be important for keeping society moving. According to Bloomberg, Tesla’s CEO recently stated at an energy conference in Norway that “at this time, we actually need more oil and gas, not less.”
Further, Mr. Musk stated, “we must have a clear path to a sustainable energy future” and that he does not wish to “demonise” fossil fuels. Bloomberg ranked Mr. Musk as the top “green billionaire” in the world last year. If we do not use oil and gas soon, Mr. Musk said Monday, “Realistically I think we need to use them in the short term, because otherwise civilisation will crumble.”
Making the switch to renewable energy and a sustainable economy is one of the most significant challenges humanity has ever faced. That is a job for the foreseeable future. Mr. Musk emphasized the urgency of making this change.
According to Reuters, the billionaire stated at the conference that the development of fully autonomous Tesla vehicles and the launch of SpaceX’s newest rocket type, the Starship, are his top two current objectives. Many climate experts have pointed out that the world cannot instantly stop using fossil fuels like oil and gas.
But they have also called for governments at all levels to prioritize using renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower in place of the planet-warming fossil fuels already in widespread use. Nuclear power is a divisive topic amongst climate experts and activists, with some seeing it as a possible danger and others seeing it as a source of carbon-free energy.
According to Bloomberg, Mr. Musk expressed support for nuclear energy at the conference in Norway. He argued, “You should not shut it down right now, especially if you have a well-designed nuclear plant.” Energy concerns related to the conflict in Ukraine have prompted a reevaluation of Germany’s long-planned shutdowns of nuclear power reactors.
To further ensure reliable power, California legislators are contemplating a plan to prolong the operational life of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Those are hardly the only remarks Mr. Musk has made about the climate crisis recently. The decline in population owing to falling birthrates, he tweeted last week, poses a more significant threat to human civilization than climate change.
He continued, “(And I think global warming is a major risk).” The United Nations estimates that by the end of this century, the world’s median population will have risen to over 10 billion. As of right now, there are a little under eight billion people living on Earth.
More extreme and frequent natural disasters like floods, wildfires, storms and droughts are predicted for countries all over the world due to the climate problem, which is largely fuelled by the combustion of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal. This year alone, the world has experienced terrible floods in Pakistan, Kentucky, and Uganda and enormous wildfires from the southwestern United States to Siberia.
Meanwhile, Europe, Texas, and India have all been hit by devastating heatwaves, and continuing drought in the West threatens the region’s ability to meet future water needs.