Renewable energy guru Elon Musk hits out at government subsidies.
Fossil fuels are going to run out, there is no doubt about it.
The big question is when people are going to wake up and see it. We are sleepwalking into a fuel crisis, and the government only seem to have their sights set on profits.
Fossil fuel giants and the government have been scratching each others backs for far too long, and Elon Musy has had enough.
At the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF) in California, Musk highlighted the hypocrisy of the government. And the unfair subsidies that some energy firms seems to get.
He pointed out that renewable energy has struggled to get off the ground because of the government hand outs to firms that deal only in fossil fuels.
He said he is:
“competing against something that has a $6 trillion per year subsidy,”
And that non-renewable energy prices are:
“weakening the economic-forcing function to sustainabletransport and clean energy in general.”
Musk’s renewable energy firm Tesla has been urging more and more people to get behind alternative energy methods for years. But it seems that their messages keep falling on deaf ears.
It seems that the government are intent on keeping renewable energy as unavailable to most people as possible. They receive huge amounts each year from the gas and oil companies to ensure the ‘right’ bills keep on getting passed.
“For the last several years Arizonans have enjoyed the ability to generate their own electricity on their own property,”
“Their choices have also helped contribute to the creation of more than 9,000 local solar jobs in Arizona. SRP [Arizona’s Salt River Project Utility Company] has sabotaged the ability of Arizona consumers to make this choice if they happen to live in SRP territory. SRP cannot justify the elimination of competition and the denial of Arizonans’ choice in electricity service.
In America, we expect companies to respond to competition and innovation with better service, lower costs and increased efficiency. What SRP has done instead is unacceptable and unlawful.”
Musk pointed out that Tesla received a loan from the Department of Energy, which the company payed back, with interest.
“They wanted it [the figure] to start with a ‘6’. So roughly a month or two after the IMF study came out, they started shopping that story around to journalists: ‘Tesla is getting a $6 billion subsidy’ and it sounds a bit like a ‘$6 trillion subsidy’. It has a ‘6’ in it and ‘billion’ or ‘trillion’, you know, it’s kind of close.”
“[T]hen they get the LA Times to buy it. It was totally nonsensical.”