Does Elon Musk really encourage to produce “more oil and gas”?

Elon Musk’s comments about the need to increase oil and gas production are controversial. But did the CEO of Tesla really say that?

For several days, a quote from Elon Musk has been buzzing on the internet. In it he declares that the world “needs oil and gas” to keep moving forward. Words that obviously outraged the web, and in particular the supporters of the electric car.

How can this “zero emission” precursor, ten years after developing Tesla, make such a step back? As often, it is a shortcut which, deprived of its context, is indeed enough to make you jump.

But in reality, Elon Musk was talking about the energy crisis the world has been in since the start of the war in Ukraine. According to him, it is important to produce oil and gas to avoid depending on supplies from a region at war, and from a country that has started this war. And indeed, he also insists that the world needs to secure its supplies during the transition to electromobility.

“I want to thank the leaders and people of Norway for their long-term support”said the American. “I think we need more oil and gas for civilization to work. But at the same time, we need to move quickly towards sustainable energy savings. »

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This isn’t the first time Musk has commented on fossil fuels. In February, during the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, he had resolved to declare the same thing.

“I hate to say it, but we need to increase oil and gas production immediately. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Obviously, this would have a negative impact on Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot respond instantly to offset Russian oil and gas exports. »

We can salute a certain pragmatism on the part of the person who launched electromobility before the rest of the market. And if he encourages green and renewable energies, Musk has also supported the nuclear sector.

According to him, we need good management of the power stations, but we must continue to rely on this energy. “If you have a well-designed nuclear power plant, you shouldn’t shut it down, especially right now”he concluded.

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