Musk Warns about Shift to Green Energy
As more and more countries across the world push for renewable energy, Elon Musk has issued a warning against a sudden switch.
Energy prices in many developed countries — particularly nations in western Europe heavily dependent upon renewable sources — have soared following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with natural gas prices in Germany and France soaring to an order of magnitude higher than usual levels. During an energy conference in Norway, Musk remarked that “some additional exploration” of oil and gas resources “is warranted at this time.”
“Realistically I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization will crumble,” Musk told reporters. “One of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced is the transition to sustainable energy and to a sustainable economy. That will take some decades to complete.”
Many developed countries are indeed shifting their energy portfolios toward renewables and away from conventional sources. As a result, Norwegian production of oil, natural gas, and other fossil fuels reached a peak in 2004 and has steadily declined since, according to data from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. More broadly, the European Union — of which Norway is not a member — aims to be “a climate-neutral society” by 2050 in accordance with the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement….
Musk issued a similar warning to the United States earlier this year — despite possible harm brought to Tesla, which exclusively manufactures electric cars. “Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures,” he commented on social media, noting that sustainable energy solutions “simply cannot react instantaneously” to cope with lower energy supplies….
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(Excerpt from The Daily Wire. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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