Elon Musk, a multibillionaire tech tycoon and father of ten children, stated on Monday that the world needs to “produce more babies” and keep searching for oil.
The world is currently experiencing a “baby crisis,” according to the richest man on the planet, who has previously warned that low birth rates pose a “danger” to civilization. He made this statement ahead of an energy conference in Norway.
When asked what the biggest issues the world was facing, Elon Musk mentioned the switch to renewable energy sources but also mentioned that the birth rate was “one of my favorite… things to be concerned about.”
“We don’t want the population to drop Musk, the creator of SpaceX and the Tesla electric car company in the United States, told reporters in Stavanger, southwest Norway, that “we’ll just die someday.”
“At least make enough babies to sustain the population,” he added.
The birth rate is dropping and the population is aging in many Western civilizations and densely populated nations like China.
“They say civilisation might die with a bang or with a whimper,” added Musk. “If we don’t have enough kids, then we will die with a whimper in adult diapers. And that will be depressing.”
He added that the world still required fresh fossil fuel sources.
“I think realistically we do need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilisation would crumble,” he said, adding that “some additional exploration is warranted at this time.”
He continued by stating that he was “pro-nuclear” and calling for the upkeep of nuclear power plants.
Following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February and Europe’s subsequent push to wean itself off of Russian oil and gas, the nuclear debate has been reignited. Several European countries had already decided to phase out nuclear power.
“I know this may be an unpopular view in some quarters, but I think if you have a well-designed nuclear power plant, you should not shut it down,” Musk said.
The businessman has ten children total, one of whom passed away at the age of 10 weeks. He has been divorced three times.
One of his children, who just turned 18, submitted a petition earlier this year asking a California court to change her name and gender identity from male to female.
According to court filings, one of the grounds for the name change was that she did not want “to be associated to my biological father in any manner, shape, or form.”
In addition, Musk has two kids from his relationship with musician Grimes: a girl they named Exa Dark Siderael Musk (although the parents claimed they will mostly call her Y) and a boy they dubbed “X A-12,” or just X, who was born in May 2020.
Musk declared that he was “semi-separated” from the singer in the fall of last year.
In November, a few weeks before the birth of Exa Dark Siderael Musk, he also had twins with a Neuralink executive, according to recent reports in the American media.