In a speech in Germany, Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted that if climate change is not dealt with adequately the number of refugees fleeing lack of resources and rising sea levels would dwarf the number current number of refugees from Syria. The billionaire CEO also said that Volkswagen’s recent scandal involving cheat devices in cars to mask emissions of nitrogen oxide while wrong, ignores the real issue of rising carbon emissions today. Musk, in his typically blunt manner communicated the severity of the growing global crisis:
I think it’s very important that we take action today to recognize that we are making a very significant change to the chemical constituency of the atmosphere and oceans, one that is almost impossible to reverse.”
Musk and his team at Tesla are doing their best to make sure that technology advances to combat climate change, and at the same time are experiencing record high profits and stock prices.
Musk’s energy business
Musk’s comments are perfectly as he recently released the Tesla Model X SUV which renewable energy enthusiasts have been salivating over for years. The X will be able to travel 265 miles or 434 kilometers on a single charge, and can charge in as little as 30 minutes.
Musk has also recently vowed to develop a car that will be capable of traveling 1,000 kilometers on a single charge by 2017 and current owners of Telsa cars are expecting an “autopilot” software update that will allow for some of the same features of self driving cars.
Outside of the automotive industry, Musk has invested heavily in solar energy and is preparing to launch a “powerwall” battery that will allow those with solar panels to store energy in a battery which would allow households to store and harness their own energy independent of power companies. These batteries, while costing thousands of dollars, will run by themselves for years ands save thousands of dollars in the long run for those who can afford to buy them.
Climate change advancing?
Musk’s innovation in automobile and solar technology is going to be increasingly necessary, as climate change continues to advance more innovation is going to be necessary. Temperatures are expected to rise to as high as 4 degrees celsius or as low as 2 degrees, which could have disastrous effects on the world going forward. With the UN General Assembly passing its new Sustainable Development Goals policies are being developed to help mitigate the looming crisis, but more innovation in the private sector is necessary, and Musk seems to be individual leading that charge.