Elon Musk says “If we don’t find a solution to burning oil for transport, when we then run out of oil, the economy will collapse and society will come to an end,” Musk said this week during a conversation with astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“If we know we have to get off oil no matter what, we know that is an inescapable outcome, why run this crazy experiment of changing the chemical composition of the atmosphere and oceans by adding enormous amounts of CO2 that have been buried since the Precambrian Era?” he added. “That’s crazy. That’s the dumbest experiment in history, by far.”
Tyson asked if Musk could think of “a dumber experiment,” to which Musk replied:
“I honestly cannot. What good could possibly come of [staying on oil],” Musk said.
Elon Musk has most of his entire fortune tied up in renewable energy and clean energy ventures. So he has a stake in saying that fossil fuels are dumb. But…we all know he’s right. The basic concept of our fossil fuel based energy system is fundamentally flawed and we all know it.