Technocrat Elon Musk Doubles-Down On Carbon Tax

  • February 6, 2024
All of Musk’s markers of a pure Technocrat have been visible for years, but nobody knows what a Technocrat is. The reason he started Tesla was, first and foremost an attack on “fossil” fuels.  He has been pushing a carbon tax for years. He pitched it to Biden in 2021, but Biden spurned him. Musk is totally on board with Sustainable Development, Global Warming, and the war on “fossil fuels.”

Ten years ago, in 2012, Business Insider wrote,

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk would rather see the government place a tax on carbon emissions than increase tax credits for buyers of electric vehicles, he said last night. He said, “the right thing to do is to place a tax on carbon.”

In 2015, Musk addressed the UN Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris. Business Insider noted,

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave a speech in Paris on Wednesday at the Sorbonne, and he called in no uncertain terms for a carbon tax.

And it’s important to note that Musk has never just been about building cars, or going to Mars, or applying solar power more widely. He has a vision for the future that uses those businesses as a means to several important ends: freedom from fossil fuels,

In January 2023, Entrepreneur wrote Here’s What Elon Musk Really Thinks About Climate Change,

“Climate change is the biggest threat that humanity faces this century, except for AI,” Musk told Rolling Stone in 2018. “I keep telling people this. I hate to be Cassandra here, but it’s all fun and games until somebody loses a f—ing eye.” 

In 2008, Musk became CEO of Tesla, now the world’s largest electric vehicle producer. Additionally, in 2016, Tesla acquired SolarCity — a company started by Musk’s cousins — for $2.6 billion. SolarCity was reorganized into Tesla Energy, a clean energy subsidiary of Tesla, Inc.

What was the motivation behind investing in Tesla?

“The fundamental intention of Tesla, at least my motivation, was to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy, he said. “That’s why I open-sourced the patents. It’s the only way to transition to sustainable energy better.”

After Musk’s purchase of Twitter (now “X”), he suckered the right into making him a hero. How naive is that? Are they stuck on stupid? Or they floundering in a sea of ignorance?

Musk was raised in a generational family steeped in Technocracy from 1930s. His grandfather was the head over the Canadian branch of Technocracy in the 1930s-1940s. He is a Technocrat pure and simple, and the policies that he advocates for will destroy the world. ⁃ TN Editor

Elon Musk is introducing his new right-wing fans to the idea of implementing a carbon tax, and it goes about as well as you would expect.

Over the last few years, Musk has become a sort of hero of the right.

Regardless of where you stand politically, it is a fascinating situation. I remember not too long ago when the right consistently attacked him for taking advantage of government subsidies at his companies.

A few years later, he buys Twitter, reinstates some previously banned conservative accounts, makes fun of Joe Biden and other democrats, starts to talk about “wokeness” and illegal immigration consistently, and now he is loved by the right.

Through this period, the once zealot climate change warrior who quit President Trump’s business council because he withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement, started talking a lot less about climate change and Tesla’s mission to accelerate to world’s transition to renewable energy.

On top of running six different companies, Tesla’s CEO is virtually a full-time political influencer now.

It is creating an interesting situation. For the first time in a while, Musk decided to use his massively popular X account to promote an idea perceived as left-wing (even though it shouldn’t be political): a carbon tax.

Musk wrote:

The only action needed to solve climate change is is a carbon tax

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2024

Musk has been pushing the idea of a carbon tax for a long time, and it’s interesting to see him introducing the idea to his new right-wing fans.

As you can imagine, it didn’t go too well.

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