Did Tesla CEO Elon Musk just call for more oil and gas, instead of renewables?!
Take a look at the viral claim and find out what the facts really are!
To claim : Elon Musk calls for more oil and gas production!
Media around the world went ga-ga over Elon Musk calling on oil and gas producers to boost supply at an energy conference in Norway.
It comes after Tesla’s CEO told oil producers to drill more oil earlier this year, in March.
So the implication is that Musk is reversing his stance on renewables. At least that’s what the headlines suggest:
Elon Musk calls for more oil + gas… For the moment
The press is right that Elon Musk just called for an increase in oil and gas production. However, many news stories did not include the full quote.
The full quote is important because it clearly shows that Musk was not reversing his position, but simply states the obvious – it takes time to migrate to renewable energy.
The world is going through an energy crisis right now, thanks to the Russian invasion of Ukraine; and it is impossible for renewables to fill the gap caused by Russian oil and gas sanctions.
The full quote of what Elon Musk said at that energy conference in Norway makes this very clear:
He obviously still believes that renewable energy is the future, but that the world will need more oil and gas in the short term due to the invasion of Ukraine.
This lines up with what he said earlier this year, in March 2022, when he first called for increased oil and gas production:
Honestly, this is all pretty much common sense. You don’t have to be Elon Musk to understand the urgent need for more oil and gas to replace sanctioned Russian gas and oil.
Elon Musk didn’t just ask for more oil + gas, But also nuclear
Some of the press took the nuclear angle, which is also true. Elon Musk has called for more nuclear power, but only as part of maintaining well-designed existing plants.
While nuclear power plants are much less polluting. Like oil and gas-fired power plants, they produce nuclear waste that poses long-term storage and security risks.
As you can see, he did not call for the construction of new nuclear power plants. Just that the world should keep existing factories that are well-designed and well-functioning.
It makes no sense to shut them down in the midst of a massive energy crisis. You really don’t have to be Elon Musk to know that too…
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