Elon Musk calls for more fossil fuels regardless of the impact on Tesla
Amid the Twitter crowd demanding that he shuts down all Teslas in Russia and his own Starlink Internet connectivity largesse for the Ukrainian government, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk is constantly forced to opine on the ongoing conflict. His latest take on the world after the Russian invasion of Ukraine is, however, the most surprising. The one person who could be called an electric vehicle pioneer now advises that we need to be getting more oil and gas from the ground and into car tanks.
Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures. Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports.
Elon Musk might also have specifically the American oil and gas shale industry in mind rather than some abstract brave new oil era and a return to the internal combustion engine. The U.S. is currently welcoming about 650,000 barrels a day from Russia into its refineries and the revenue from those shipments goes directly into the Kremlin's coffers.
Another reason for Elon Musk's unlikely call for an increase in fossil fuel production could be a point-scoring exercise in his ongoing passive-aggressive feud with President Biden's administration on various topics such as unionization and, now, on the need to remove the perception for self-imposed hurdles before the American fossil fuel industry.
Founder of electric car company says drill baby drill! https://t.co/RW74yQs445— Marc Thiessen ???????????? (@marcthiessen) March 5, 2022