Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, spoke Monday at a conference held in Norway. He announced that self-driving Teslas will be on the market by the year’s end and also admitted to reporters that the transition from fossil fuels is taking too long.
According to Reuters, Musk said that he believes that oil and gas should be used in the short-term because civilization would crumble otherwise.
He said, “The transition to sustainable energy and a sustainable economy is one of the greatest challenges the world has faced.” “It will take many decades for this to be completed.”
Musk isn’t the only one to express the opinion that oil and gas are still important, even though we seek out other sources of energy. Musk tweeted shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine that oil and gas production was essential.
Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately.
Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2022
Musk replied to his own question by saying that sustainable energy solutions cannot be used to immediately replace Russian oil and gas exports.
This is far from the man who once said to Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist, and professional pedant, that fossil fuel energy was “the dumbest experiment in history,” but he also claimed that the fossil fuel sector was engaging in propaganda against him.
Musk later in March praised nuclear power during an interview with Mathias Dopfner.
Dopfner was told by him that you should not shut down nuclear power plants but also reopen those that have been shut down. These are the most efficient at producing energy. It’s crazy to close down nuclear power plants right now, especially when you live in an area with no natural disasters.
Musk also tweeted last week about his support for nuclear power.
Countries should be increasing nuclear power generation! It is insane from a national security standpoint & bad for the environment to shut them down.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 26, 2022
It is refreshing to see Elon Musk embrace the idea of combining new energy technology and innovation, with proven energy sources that are available right now.
“Green energy” might be the future of our world, but it will take time. This is why running away as fast as the Biden administration or European radicals is foolishness.