I haven’t read anything in the Elon Musk’s comments about his business incentives in this matter. Elon’s business is built on being more environmentally friendly and that is good – right?
We live in moderate neo-libertarian economies which on the whole have to compete at all costs. When sustainable costs go down to equal or better than those existing, then naturally the market will react more favourably for sustainable methods. I agree with him we will exit the fossil fuels era, but I have doubt about his alarmist words; like how climate sensitivity is extremely high or that it will kill more people than the World Wars combined. I think as the world undergoes the Pandemic and how the socialist-post modernist movement has gotten its strangle hold on nearly every institution especially the press and education, well… basically we have bigger fish to contend.
Not just that, but if the Western countries conceded to these current forces and implemented a carbon tax or something of that nature, we would see competing (carbon-based) industrial eastern countries with not so much democratic inclinations make huge headway in terms of global market demand. I think this has as much if not more negative impact on the quality of life of the average Western citizen than what climate change proponents could ever purport for their cause. Also, the conflicts that could occur as a result of this radical change in the world order could be catastrophic.
My message is, think twice before you espouse to what seemingly is progressive and has good moral intentions. Believe you me, I have been there.