Elon Musk Calls on Biden to 'Increase Oil & Gas Output Immediately'
Tesla CEO makes surprising demands amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made a surprising demand by calling on Democrat Joe Biden to "increase oil & gas output immediately."
Musk, who runs the largest electric car manufacturer in the world, issued a tweet on Friday, declaring that American fossil fuel output must be ramped up as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.
However, he also acknowledged that such a move would have a negative impact on Tesla.
"Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately," Musk tweeted.
"Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.
"Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports."
He also showed support for Ukraine by tweeting the message, "Hold Strong Ukraine," along with Ukrainian flag emojis.
"And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this," Musk added.
And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2022
Musk's comments come as Russia wreaks death and destruction in the sovereign nation of Ukraine.
Ukrainians are bravely fighting back against the Russian onslaught.
The billionaire tech tycoon, who is also the SpaceX CEO, has sought to help ensure that Ukraine has Internet access during the conflict.
"Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route," Musk tweeted last week in response to Mykhailo Fedorov, a Ukrainian official who had asked Musk for Starlink stations.
Fedorov later shared a photo of supplies and tweeted, "Starlink — here. Thanks, @elonmusk."
Musk has issued a warning regarding the use of the satellite internet service.
"Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high," Musk tweeted.
"Please use with caution.
"Turn on Starlink only when needed and place antenna away as far away from people as possible," he advised.
"Place light camouflage over antenna to avoid visual detection."