Elon Musk: Humanity Is Pretending Fossil Fuels Have ‘No Probability of a Bad Outcome’

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Elon Musk made a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest festival on Sunday where he discussed a wide range of topics, from colonizing Mars, to the risks artificial intelligence, to tough times at Tesla and SpaceX.

He also danced to his brother Kimbal Musk playing "My Little Buttercup," chatted about nuclear war, and amid all of that, called for a price on carbon.

Sustainable energy is "obviously really important” to the future of humanity, Musk said in a conversation with Jonathan Nolan, co-creator of the HBO show Westworld.

Musk believes clean energy solutions have reached a point where they're technologically viable, and distorted market conditions are the primary thing holding them back.

"The core technologies are there with wind, solar, with batteries," Musk said. "The fundamental problem is there's an unpriced externality in the cost of CO2."

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