Elon Musk says the planet needs more oil... and babies


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Musk is correct.

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"They say civilization might die with a bang or with a whimper," added Musk. "If we don't have enough kids, then we will die with a whimper in adult diapers. And that will be depressing."

Musk disappoints again with failing to address the causes of this, such as the falling value of labor versus rentier income, of which he is complicit.

In Musk's favorite Iain Banks' Culture series elimination of age-related disease through AI designed medicine makes having children a considered choice, not an imperative.

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Too bad he ain't willing to share some of that wealth that people need to raise their family and able to afford oil.

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What a moron!

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"More babies" means bigger markets to which his and other big corporations can sell more Chinese-made products. For those who aren't billionaires or Chinese communists, it means lower living standards and less affordability.

A list of the wealthiest countries in the world per capita is dominated by a likes of Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Ireland, Kuwait, Switzerland, San Marino, Norway, Denmark. See a pattern, there, Elon?

For the sake of prosperity and well-being, keep your countries' populations low, folks, especially in an increasingly unsustainable world.

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said on Monday the world needs to "make more babies" -- and keep digging for oil.

well, gosh darn it.

Thanks Elon.

Why didn’t anyone else think of this?


all us poor folk need now are a couple of billion more dollars

and some unlimited range drilling equipment.

while we are on it, why don’t we just get a third or fourth job?

Why don’t I strap on my job helmet, and squeeze down into a job cannon, AND FIRE OFF INTO JOBLAND, WHERE JOBS GROW ON JOBBIES?!!!

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Elon Musk burdens his kids with stranger names than Frank Zappa gave his. It makes me think of an old song by Shel Silverstein called "A Boy Named Sue" that was made famous by Johnny Cash.

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“ Elon Musk says the planet needs more oil... and babies “


I know what it doesn’t need: (stupid) billionaires like you (!)

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Elon is kind of out there with his opinions sometimes, but I will say he's right about babies. Nations that don't at least hit the replacement rate are headed for disaster, like Japan.

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I don't care much for what Elon Musk says, but I do appreciate what he does, like helping the planet decouple from fossil fuels, exploring new frontiers (space), and trying to take back Twitter to its original intended ideals (the ideals of Jack Dorsey).

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Too bad he ain't willing to share some of that wealth that people need to raise their family and able to afford oil.

why would you steal people's labor☭

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Elon thinks the world needs more of his snakeoil.

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“ Elon Musk says the planet needs more oil... and babies “


I know what it *doesn’t need***billionaires**.

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He is a fertile man.

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Yeah, but the planet needs less of him and his ilk (nutty self absorbed billionaires). I think he is more needed on Mars to start the colonization process and get it ready for the other idio.. er, other colonizers to follow. Maybe we can help him blast off soon. I'd chip in for sure.

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I'm not a fan of Musk's, but I think the headline is misleading. What he actually said was:

"I think realistically we do need to use oil and gas in the short term"

Which is way more nuanced than him saying "the planet needs more oil" and making it sound like he's arguing against the transition to renewables, which he clearly is not.

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More trees, more solar, fewer babies and less oil.

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Elon Musk Elon Musk Elon Musk

Give more attention please!

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why would you steal people's labor

What labor?

My parents have a South African emerald mine and I am fairly intelligent so I will make some good investments in emerging tech.

Better than 99 percent of rentier billionaires but a very low bar.

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Musk is a reasonably smart man, but clearly does not realize the potential for robots, automation and AI to do pretty much ALL manual work in future. Endless population growth is not necessary. Japan has proven this to the world.

Japan - and the entire world - would be better off with half the population. Cleaner environment, more space, hospital beds, efficient public transport, more food and water resources for everyone.

Musk needs to be educated a bit more, I'm afraid.

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Nice hair considering he was balding in college. Curing baldness alone would make him a fortune.

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He's not wrong.

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Elon Musk says the planet needs more oil

He's right.

... and babies

He's right again.

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Brilliant but damaged.

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 has fathered 10 children

truly wealthy

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He's right when you desperately try to cling on the status quo or current (western) economic systems and the myth of eternal growth.

He's wrong when you consider that this is pretty much the opposite of what this planet and our survival on it both as a species and as societies need.

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I can't stand the guy but watching the news from Poland and seeing individuals waiting in line to buy coal and using their regular car to pack as much as possible in because they know it will be impossible this winter is sad.

Poland coal is king and along with gas they get it from Russia.

Russia supplies household coal, meaning coal in small pieces for home use.

So if we are going to boycott Russia then we had better very quickly start power mining, and drilling as fast as we can.

No despite the sun cult Solar will not heat your home if you live anywhere where their is a real winter.

For those of you that never lived the the north areas.

Sundown in places like Canada in the winter is 16:00 to 17:30 in Poland Warsaw in January it is around 15:50 on average.

So even if they could suddenly get billions of solar panels built installed and batteries, electric heaters, all built as fast as possible and installed the sun in these areas wouldn't supply during the winter when needed most.

Remember cold kills more people than heat

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