“Make more babies. This is the appeal of the whimsical 51-year-old entrepreneur, Elon Musk, to the entire population. “Believe me: the baby crisis is a big problem,” the world’s richest man, himself a father of 10, told reporters in Stavanger, southwestern Norway, on Monday. , where he was to take part in an energy conference.
Asked about the greatest challenges facing the world, the founder of the American electric car manufacturer Tesla certainly cited the transition to renewable energies but he immediately continued on the birth rate, “one of (his) favorite concerns , perhaps less known.
In Western societies as in extremely populated countries such as China, the birth rate is falling, mainly due to the aging of the population. “It’s important that people have enough babies to keep civilization going,” he said.
“We don’t want the population to fall so low that we end up disappearing”
“They say that civilization could disappear with a boom or a moan. If we don’t have enough children, we will die in a moan (wearing) adult diapers. It will be depressing,” he added. “Yes, make more babies,” he concluded. “At least make enough babies to maintain the population. We don’t want the population to fall so low that we end up disappearing”.
Divorced three times, Elon Musk is the father of ten children, one of whom died at 10 weeks. One of them, a transgender girl, recently filed a formal request to change her surname along with her gender in order to sever all ties with her father.
And the American press recently revealed that he had twins in November with a leader of Neuralink, a few weeks before the birth of Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, whom he had with the singer Grimes. She is the little sister of “X Æ A-12”, a boy.
“Exploring more” hydrocarbons in Norway
Arrived in Stavanger by private jet, Elon Musk also felt that the planet still needed fossil fuel sources. “I think realistically we have to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization would collapse,” he said, “especially these days with the sanctions on Russia.”
“It would be justified at this time to explore more” hydrocarbons in Norway, he also estimated.
The largest producer of oil and natural gas in Western Europe, the Scandinavian country is now very much in demand by other European countries in the grip of an energy crisis and eager to break their dependence on Russian gas.