Elon Musk – “We Will Die With a Whimper In Adult Diapers”
(USNewsMag.com) – Elon Musk has proven to be a polarizing figure lately, and it seems he has an opinion on many mainstream topics. Most recently, he’s been in media headlines for his take on the Earth’s population and on oil dependency. He made comments on both subjects before attending an energy conference in Norway.
The “Baby Crisis”
One of the Tesla CEO’s favorite concerns is apparently the world population. According to Musk, it’s important to continually reproduce, so the population doesn’t drop to the point that humans will eventually die out. “If we don’t have enough kids,” the entrepreneur said, “we will die with a whimper in adult diapers,” a depressing thought according to him.
With this in mind, it seems Musk is doing all he can to contribute to the birth rate himself. He’s fathered 10 children with three different women, though only 9 are living. It’s unclear whether he plans to have more kids in the future, but he emphasizes we must have more kids if humanity is to survive.
Oil vs. Electricity
Another key component of Musk’s comments revolved around drilling for oil. It might sound weird coming from someone who heads a company producing electric vehicles, but he insists without short-term oil drilling, civilization will collapse.
That’s not to say he doesn’t believe in transitioning to green energy. After all, he did establish Tesla. Musk acknowledges the switch to these resources will take decades to complete, and in the meantime, fossil fuels are a necessity. “Realistically I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilisation [sic] will crumble,” he said when questioned by reporters.
This isn’t the first time Musk has addressed drilling for oil. In fact, after Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine back in February and the threat of Russia withholding oil became a real possibility, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO called for immediate action.
Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately.
Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2022
The fact is, right now, fossil fuels are a must with the majority of vehicles on the road being gas-powered. Electric cars are also a niche market — not everyone can afford to buy one.
The other issue with electric cars, outside of affordability, is that there aren’t enough charging stations to ensure people can keep them running efficiently. In California, a state that just voted to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, a study found one-third of charging stations fail to work the majority of the time. This will need to change before society can make the switch permanent.
What do you think about Musk’s comments on the world’s population and oil drilling?
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