- Elon Musk said he was “surprised” by the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the opposition.
- Musk opposes the construction of new nuclear power plants, but says safe people must continue to operate.
- Musk cites Germany’s nuclear program, which has led to an increase in the number of coal mines.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday that he was a supporter of nuclear power and was “surprised by some public outcry over nuclear.”
“I’m not saying we should go all out to build nuclear power plants, but I don’t think we should shut down the ones that are doing well,” Musk told a code conference in Los Angeles.
Musco pointed to Germany’s push to shut down its nuclear power plant, which has forced the country to rely heavily on coal-fired power plants. A study published last year in Germany eventually increased carbon dioxide emissions and increased pollution, which could kill an additional 1,100 people.
“I don’t think this is the right decision,” said Musk of Germany.
Musk’s comments came in response to a question about energy needs, which could lead to the transition to electric vehicles. Despite the support for nuclear energy, Mook said that meeting this growing demand will depend on “sustainable energy development, mainly wind and solar.”
He said utilities need to increase their production capacity, but more power lines can also be built because they have limited capacity to distribute electricity to homes and businesses.
“I think it’s an important part of the solution,” he said, referring to Tesla Energy’s solar roof and battery products.
However, customers have complained about expensive solar panels and poor customer service, saying there is still a long way to go.