US: Elon Musk says world still needs oil and gas in the short term

He feels that civilisation would 'crumble' otherwise

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By Reuters

Published: Tue 30 Aug 2022, 6:52 AM

The world must continue to extract oil and gas in order to sustain civilisation, while also developing sustainable sources of energy, Tesla founder Elon Musk told reporters at a conference in Norway, on Monday.

"Realistically I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilisation will crumble," Musk said, on the sidelines of an energy conference in the southern city of Stavanger.

When asked if Norway should continue to drill for oil and gas, Musk said:

"I think some additional exploration is warranted at this time ... 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," he added.

He explained that offshore wind power generation in the North Sea, combined with stationary battery packs, could become a key source of energy.

"It could provide a strong, sustainable energy source in winter," he said.

Musk also voiced concerns over birth rates, echoing remarks he made in a Twitter post late last week on the risks of "population collapse".

Photo: @elonmusk/Twitter
Photo: @elonmusk/Twitter

"One of my less obvious things to be concerned about is the birth rate, and I think its important that people have enough babies to support civilisation, so that we don't dwindle away," Musk said.


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