The world’s richest man and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has raised concerns about his life after posting on Twitter about the risks of his death in mysterious circumstances, days after announcing his decision to buy the social network for 44 billion dollars. The objective is to restore freedom of expression there.
The context: heavy economic sanctions for Russia
The Russian invasion is still continuing in Ukraine. Economic and financial sanctions continue in order to drain the country led by Vladimir Putin. Faced with the surge in gas and oil prices linked to the sanctions, Elon Musk makes decisions that may seem completely absurd… Even if it means putting his health or his life in danger.
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But the CEO of Tesla is not the only one to come forward about this conflict. Some major media groups and entertainment companies have also made their voices heard, such as tiktok, which suspended the creation of new videos in Russia, as well as netflix, who has suspended his service in the country..
Aid provided to Ukraine via Starlink
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, billionaire Elon Musk has not hidden his support for the people of President Zelensky. In early March, he responded to a call for help from a Ukrainian official and activated Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine.
This system, which includes a constellation of more than 2,000 satellites in low earth orbit, makes it possible to transmit Internet connections to satellite dishes all over the world. An internet connection is therefore possible for Ukrainians, even in areas hit by attacks from the Russian army.
This Sunday, Elon Musk tweeted the information provided by Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, to Russian media. Rogozin himself posted the statement on Telegram. He accuses Musk of supplying Starlink equipment to what they call the “Nazi Azov Battalion” as well as branches of the Ukrainian military, “and for that you’ll have to answer in a grown-up way, Elon, no matter how crazy you act.”
Serious consequences for the billionaire?
The boss of Tesla who is known not to keep his tongue in his pocket, replied, as he often does: “If I die in mysterious circumstances, it was nice to have known you”.
After his post about his death, the Tesla boss’ mother, Maye Musk, took to Twitter and called his tweet “not funny” . Musk apologized and said: “Sorry ! I will do my best to stay alive”.
The billionaire said they had “resisted hacking and jamming attempts” by Russians in April and that they were focusing SpaceX’s efforts on countermeasures, to the detriment of other projects.
In return, Rogozin boasted on Sunday that “Russia could destroy all NATO countries” in half an hour, reports the Daily Mail.
False information shared by the Russians?
Musk shared this disturbing tweet after alleging that former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin had sent false information to the Russian media about him.
According to the post shared by Musk, Rogozin is indeed accusing the Tesla boss of supporting fascism in Ukraine amid the ongoing war. The message alleged that Musk, through his company Starlink, was providing internet services to the Azov Battalion and Ukrainian Marines through the Pentagon…
American power would therefore also be concerned “According to our information, the delivery of Starlink equipment was carried out by the Pentagon. Elon Musk is involved in supplying fascist forces in Ukraine with military communications equipment,” the post said. Serious accusations that may not remain without consequences…
Surprising support for the nuclear industry
The economic sanctions taken by the West can also have consequences… Indeed, Russia is among the top three oil producing and exporting countries. These fell by a third due to the large-scale embargo imposed on the country.
It was enough for Elon Musk to manifest himself on Twitter by announcing that Europe should produce more nuclear energy to offset fears of a gas shortage. ” I hate to say it, but we need to increase oil and gas production immediately“, he said in a tweet: ” Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures“.
The tweet, retweeted more than 38,000 times, drew a number of backlash online. Among them, the impact on the climate, of course, and the risk of overproduction and a new disaster already triggered in the past, such as Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima in 2011. The latter generating gigantic radiation zones, causing major risks for the human organism.
Musk, a hothead who does not hesitate to take risks
Faced with these waves of discontent, the billionaire defended himself by letting go that the risks of radiation are minimal, and do not represent real dangers: “ For those who (wrongly) think there is a risk of radiation, choose what you think is the worst place on Earth. I will go there and eat locally grown food in front of you on TV“, he retweeted in stride.
He then added that he had already tried the experiment in Fukushima, several months after the accident at the nuclear power plant. Nevertheless, no real evidence of such an act could not be reported except according to a press release from SolarCity, which Tesla acquired in 2016.
We don’t know if Elon Musk will keep his word, but the fact remains that he regularly manifests himself on Twitter in the face of soaring oil prices and the need to find alternatives. His intervention, linked to the revival of power plants in Europe, comes shortly after he advocated an increase in American oil and gas production to counter any decline in Russian supplies.
This is not the first time that the billionaire has positioned himself on the international scene and in the face of conflict. He announced on Twitter at the end of February that his SpaceX group had activated the internet service provided by its Starlink satellite network on Ukrainian territory. He also did not allow himself to be confronted by Rogozin.
Obviously, he has no not afraid of nuclear power, any more than of the Russians.