“I think realistically we need to use oil and gas in the short term or else civilization would crumble,” Musk told reporters.
When asked whether Norway, a major oil-producing country, should continue to drill for oil and gas, he was very clear: “I think some additional exploration is warranted at this point.”
The Scandinavian country, the largest producer of oil and natural gas in Western Europe, is now very popular with other European countries, who are in the grip of an energy crisis and want to break their dependence on Russian gas.
Tesla CEO also encourages European countries not to close their nuclear power plants. He says it’s also about their national security.
“Countries should increase nuclear power generation!” the billionaire suggested on Twitter on Aug. 26. “It’s insane from a national security and environmental point of view to shut them down.
As the debate over the revival of the atom rages, Musk applauds the willingness of certain countries, such as the US and France, to extend the licenses of some of their nuclear power plants beyond their expiration dates.
Belgium plans to extend the license for two nuclear power plants until 2036. These would no longer be in operation after 2025. Germany is now reconsidering the need to shut down all its nuclear power plants by the end of the year. In Japan, the government has just called for the reopening of nuclear power plants to lower gas prices.
“Sensible actions,” the billionaire said, linking to a Wall Street Journal story on the matter.
When asked on August 29 about the biggest challenges the world faces, Musk mentioned the transition to renewable energy.
“One of the greatest challenges the world has ever faced is the transition to renewable energy and to a sustainable economy,” Musk said. “That will take several decades.”
He added that offshore wind power generation in the North Sea, combined with stationary battery packs, could become an important source of energy: “It could be a strong, sustainable energy source in winter.”
And Musk continued to voice his concerns about the world’s population decline. He called the birth rate “one of my favorite… things to worry about.”
“We don’t want the population to drop so low that we end up just dying,” said Musk, the 51-year-old father of nine. “At least make enough babies to sustain the population.”
“They say civilization could die with a bang or with a whimper,” Musk added. “If we don’t have enough children, we will die with a wail in adult diapers. And that will be depressing.”