Elon Musk, head of the world’s largest electric vehicle company, now says we need more oil and gas

Elon Musk – the man whose lives Tesla and Tesla Solar have essentially dedicated their lives to competing with gas-guzzling cars, oil and coal, and who briefly reached a market capitalization of $1 trillion and shipped nearly $1 million of electric vehicles last year – is now publicly in favor of increasing oil and gas production.

He tweeted Friday night:

I hate to say it, but we need to increase oil and gas production immediately.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

“Obviously this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot respond instantly to offset Russian oil and gas exports,” he added. a follow-up tweet nine minutes later. He is likely referring to the world’s notable reliance on Russian pipelines – a reliance that has not stopped many governments from sanctioning Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, but has raised fears about the soaring energy prices, particularly in Europe.

He is always It’s hard to tell if Musk is just riffing, trolling or actually enacting plans when he posts things on Twitter, but there’s no denying he’s incredibly influential and many of his 76 million followers take him seriously even jokingly.

It’s not like oil and gas aren’t important to Musk’s plans, too. We reported last year how its SpaceX wanted to drill natural gas on land near its Starship facilities in Texas. Electricity doesn’t get Musk’s rockets off the ground.

“I’m not in favor of demonizing the oil and gas industry,” Musk told Joe Rogan on a podcast last year. “We are going to have to burn fossil fuels for a long time. The question is just how fast will we move towards a sustainable energy future? »


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