What is the thing that will actually work? Fossil Energy Or Solar Energy?
“If I may just, sort of, do just a tid bit of math
One square kilometer is a million square meters
And there’s one kilowatt per square meter of solar energy
So on one square kilometer, there is a gigawatt of solar energy
You could power the entire United States with, about, let’s say, 150 to 200 square kilometers of a solar panel.
The entire United States.Take a corner of Utah.
There’s not much going on there, I’ve been there. There are not even radio stations.
I don’t have any fundamental dislike of hydrocarbons.
I simply look at the future and say…
“What is the thing that will actually work?”
And using a non-renewable resource obviously will not work.
Investing in the solar resource is the thing that’s really going to preserve the long-term future.
Not so much the oil and gas. I mean, that’s a temporary thing.
In the future, we’ll look back and by future, I’m talking about towards the end of the century. We will look back on gasoline powered cars the same way we look back on coal: As sort of a quaint anachronism that’s in a museum.
Really, we’re just arguing about when hydrocarbons run out or become prohibitively expensive. NOT IF” – Elon Musk
About Elon Musk
Elon Reeve Musk – is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor.
He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; a co-founder, a Series A investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of OpenAI; founder and CEO of Neuralink. Co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal. As of May 2017, he has an estimated net worth of $15.2 billion, making him the 80th-wealthiest person in the world. In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People.
Fossil energy sources, including oil, coal and natural gas, are non-renewable resources that formed when prehistoric plants and animals died and were gradually buried by layers of rock. Since this source of energy is not renewable, unlike solar energy. Time will come that this fossil energy will no longer available so we need to find another safe, environmentally friendly and renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, the wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.