Elon Musk has become the richest person in the history of planet earth because of his electric car company. Still, Musk is also a realist and is warning that rushing to green energy is doing nothing short of putting the planet at risk. 

Yes, the CEO of Tesla, worth north of $200 billion, believes there should be more drilling and exploration of fossil fuel resources in the immediate future.

Musk was speaking at a conference in Norway and told reporters this. 

“Realistically, I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term because otherwise, civilization will crumble. 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.”

Musk has been beating this drum all year. After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, and oil prices soared to as high as $123 in March, Musk called for more drilling, tweeting this. 

“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.”

It’s not just oil Musk is urging leaders to cease the talk of giving it up for good; he’s also bullish on nuclear energy and ripped countries in Europe who are planning to close their nuclear power plants this year. 

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