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“It’s not as though we can keep burning coal in our power plants. Coal is a finite resource, too. We must find alternatives, and it’s a better idea to find alternatives sooner then wait until we run out of coal...”

HOW HE INSPIRES ENGINEERS AND INNOVATORS

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ON CARBON PRICING AND ENERGY EDUCATION At the World Energy Innovation Forum held at the Tesla Headquarters last May 4th, Musk challenged the masses to be educated in order to spark a “sort of revolt” to end the “unrelenting and enormous” promises set by the fossil fuel industry. Musk also announced his support for carbon pricing as a means to lessen the amount of subsidies that the creation and use of fossil fuels present. Though subsidies are provided to electric vehicles, it still does not equal the subsidies that the gasoline powered vehicles get. Musk proclaimed that this “weakens the economic forcing function to transition to sustainable transport and energy.” As Musk showed his stand on the effects of climate change in the country, other people present in the forum have different takes on this “new direction” of the electricity magnate.

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In one of his speeches, he expresses his take on coal and and carbon pricing: “It’s not as though we can keep burning coal in our power plants. Coal is a finite resource, too. We must find alternatives, and it's a better idea to find alternatives sooner then wait until we run out of coal, and in the meantime, put God knows how many trillions of tons of CO2 that used to be buried underground into the atmosphere.” “The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we're not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.”

More than a guy having a public speaking command is a guy who cares a lot about humanity. His dedication and commitment towards helping society proves so, through Tesla Motors which produces environmentally friendly electric cars; through SpaceX which will provide sooner or later an unprecedented transportation system that will benefit generations; and through SolarCity which gives clean, abundant, and socioeconomically decentralized source of electricity generation. All these and more are enough reasons to admire our real-life Iron Man. With the magazine covers he is in, the media companies parading his name, his special television appearances, his fans are deeply reminded of how great Elon Musk is. There is no shame to be called an Elon fan boy or a fan girl, because Elon Musk’s accomplishments and himself are indeed worth celebrating.


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