Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
The question is what can you do? I'd say whenever you have the opportunity, talk to the politicians.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
Ask them to enact a carbon tax. We have to fix the unpriced externality.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
Talk to your friends about it and fight propaganda from the carbon industry.
Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
The fundamental problem is the rules today incent people to create carbon and this is madness.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
Whatever you incentivize will happen, that's why we're seeing very little effect thus far.
Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
To give industry time to react, this could be a phased-in approach.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
So maybe it takes 5 years before the carbon taxes are very high,
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
so that only companies that don't take action today will suffer in five years.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
But there needs to be a clear message from government in this regard.
Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
This is analogous to not paying for garbage collection.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
It's not as if we should have a garbage-free society.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
It's very difficult to have a garbage-free society but it's important that people pay for collection
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
So we need to go from having untaxed negative externality and have a carbon tax.
Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
We want to use things like hydro, solar, wind, geothermal.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
Nuclear is also a good option in places like France, which aren't subject to natural disasters.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
We want to use energy sources that will be good for a billion years.
Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
We need to move from the old goal with the pre-industrial goal, 
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
which was to move from chopping down forests and killing lots of whales to fossil fuels.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
But the new goal is to move to a sustainable energy future.
Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
New York City under ice would be minus 5 degrees, under water would be plus 5 degrees.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
But looked at as a percentage relative to absolute zero, it's only a plus/minus 2% change.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
The sensitivity of the climate is extremely, extremely high.
Created by doublezeta 2 months ago for
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
We need to say, what is the temperature change relative to absolute zero?
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
That's how the universe thinks about temperature, it's relative to absolute zero.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk
So, for small changes result in huge effects.