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EV pioneer Elon Musk now says world needs more oil & gas

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New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who started the electric vehicle (EV) revolution to save the climate, on Saturday asked the world governments to increase oil and gas production.

Referring to the world’s dependence on Russian pipelines which has stopped several governments from sanctioning President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine, he apparently suggested that we need to reduce dependency on Russian oil and gas.

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“Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil and gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures,” Musk posted.

He admitted that this would negatively affect Tesla and its EV business.

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“But sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil and gas exports,” he added.

Last year, Musk said on Joe Rogan podcast: “I’m not in favour of demonising the oil and gas industry. We’re gonna need to burn fossil fuels for a long time. The question is just at what rate do we move to a sustainable energy future?”

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On Friday, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO warned Ukrainians to use the Starlink satellite system with caution as his commercial Internet network can be targeted by Russians to hamper the entire system at work.

As a non-Russian communications system, the Starlink satellite internet service has a “high” probability of being targeted, Musk said.

“Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so the probability of being targeted is high. Please use with caution,” Musk posted in a tweet.

He advised users to only turn on Starlink when needed.

“Turn on Starlink only when needed and place the antenna as far away from people as possible,” Musk said and also suggested visibly camouflaging antennas.

As promised, Elon Musk-run SpaceX sent a truck full of Starlink user terminals to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.

–IANS

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