Tesla CEO Elon Musk called for more oil and gas production in order to maintain stability around the world as Europe and the United States suffer through the worst energy crisis in years.
“I think, realistically, we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization would crumble,” Musk said Aug. 29 during an energy conference in Stavanger, Norway. “In order for civilization to continue to function, we do need oil and gas.”
Musk referenced economic sanctions against Russia that sent European energy prices skyrocketing and exacerbated inflation.
“Actually, especially these days with the Russia sanctions, we do need to provide oil and gas to keep civilization running,” Musk said. “I think any reasonable person would conclude that.”
President Joe Biden infamously blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the rise in U.S. gas prices, calling the phenomenon “Putin’s Price Hike,” despite gas prices spiking for months before the war in Ukraine.
The world’s richest man has previously said that fossil fuels cannot and should not be phased out overnight. He tweeted support for increased fossil fuel production on March 4, just days after the Russian military invaded Ukraine.
“Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.” He added that would “negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports.”
Musk’s comments in Norway buck an ongoing liberal media obsession over climate change and Biden’s war against fossil fuels. The New York Times editorial board absurdly used an illustration of charred and blackened toast in a July piece to symbolize a warming planet.
More recently, CNN talking heads even compared gas-powered vehicles to horses to hype electronic vehicles. CNN Chief Climate Correspondent Bill Weir cheered California’s aggressive move to end all gas-powered cars by 2035.
The media has consistently ignored leftist climate hypocrisy.
The big three nightly news shows — ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News — completely ignored that Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s private jet made 48 trips and emitted an estimated 715,886 pounds, or 325 metric tons, of carbon since his appointment on Jan. 20, 2021.
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