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The Daily Planet's Opinion: Musk correct about need to boost oil, gas production
Friday, 16 September 2022 16:17

In a cowardly world too-often muzzled by a self-proclaimed “woke” elite of brainwashed radical environmentalists, Tesla Inc. founder and CEO (and reportedly the world’s richest person) Elon Musk bravely pointed out the obvious (and thereby spoke in a politically incorrect direction that could result in his eventual “cancellation”) when he said recently that the world needs more oil and gas — now — as a bridge to renewables.

His comments prompted a backlash from the left-leaning mainstream news media in particular ... and environmental whackos in general.

“At this time, we actually need more oil and gas, not less,” Musk said on Aug. 29, while attending an energy conference in Norway.

Musk added that he is not someone to “demonize” the fossil fuels. (His remarks were made at the Offshore Northern Seas 2022 energy conference in Stavanger, Norway.)

At the same time, Musk asserted, “we must have a clear path to a sustainable energy future.”

Musk, who was talking about fossil fuels being needed right now to keep civilization functioning until we can reach sustainability with renewable energy, also said:

“I want to thank the leaders and the people of Norway for their long-standing support. I do think we actually need more oil and gas for civilization to function. But simultaneously moving fast to a sustainable energy economy.”

Musk’s comments were made as Europe is grappling with its worst energy crisis in decades, as Russia is lowering natural gas deliveries to the region and nuclear power-plant outages in France further reduce supply.

Europe’s politicians have already earmarked about $278 billion to ease the pain of surging prices for businesses and consumers, but the aid risks being dwarfed by the scale of the crisis. 

The European Union will soon call an emergency meeting of energy ministers to discuss bloc-wide solutions.

Musk said ocean wind has “massive untapped potential” and added he’s a proponent of nuclear energy.

“If you have a well-designed nuclear plant, you should not shut it down — especially right now,” he said.

Musk, who previously attacked the fossil fuel industry for engaging in false propaganda against him, has softened his stance on oil and gas in recent years. 

In an interview with The New York Times last year, the billionaire said he felt a “bit bad about hating on the oil and gas industry” — as the people who built those companies had no idea about the impact of fossil fuel usage. 

Before that, Musk appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast and said “we’re gonna need to burn fossil fuels for a long time,” adding that he was “not in favor of demonizing the oil and gas industry.” 

Instead, the billionaire called for the implementation of a carbon tax to encourage more people to switch over to renewables.

To all of that, we say: Bravo, Elon Musk. Thanks for being a rare — and courageous — independent thinker who is willing to speak the truth.



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