An unexpected twitter post from Elon Musk last week has made the headlines where he advocates the increase in oil and gas production despite its huge effect on his company Tesla.
On Friday, Musk posted a Twitter post where he said “Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately, Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.”
A follow-up post on his statement also said “Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports.”
Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately.
Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2022
Gas prices around the US are surging due to the sanction placed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The national average for a gallon of regular gas stood at $3.83 on Friday, the most expensive since 2012.
While the Tesla owner is urging the increase in domestic oil and gas output, Pete Buttigieg, the US Secretary of Transportation is promoting electric vehicles. He highlighted that electric vehicles can help in saving gas from driving an electric vehicle, capitalizing on the current stress of the American people surrounding record-breaking gas prices.
This suggestion is also being urged to people living in rural areas to switch to an electric vehicle. Though there not being nearly enough existing infrastructure to support this envisioned scale of electric cars.
Buttigieg’s suggestion plays an ignorant role in this crisis, the average cost of an electric vehicle is not cheap, with a price tag of about $56,000. It is quite expensive and sounds some kind of hard to achieve than an easy solution for the current challenge that the world is facing.
Pete Buttigieg: Upset with near-record gas prices? Too bad. Buy an electric vehicle.
(The average cost of an electric vehicle is over $55,000) pic.twitter.com/VjBvhx4RGd
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 7, 2022
Ukraine can rely on Musk during the crisis that the country is facing. Just recently Musk sent Starlink stations to Ukraine to make sure Ukraine’s internet connection is secure during the Russian invasion. The billionaire also promised that he will send more regardless of the cost to deploy them.