The world’s richest man, entrepreneur Elon Musk, himself a father of 10, has urged his contemporaries to “make more babies” as he says the demographic decline is one of the most pressing challenges facing the world, France reported pres.
“Believe me, the baby crisis is a huge problem,” the 51-year-old businessman told media in Stavanger, Norway, where he will participate in an energy conference.
When asked what the biggest challenges facing the world were, the founder of the American electric car company Tesla undoubtedly pointed to the transition to renewable energy, but immediately moved on to the topic of the birth rate, one of the problems, which has a special affinity, although not so well known to the general public.
In Western societies, and in densely populated countries such as China, the birth rate is constantly declining, mainly due to the aging of the population.
“It is important that people produce enough children to sustain civilization,” he said. “It’s been said that civilization could disappear suddenly or in agony. If we don’t have enough children, we’ll die moaning in adult diapers. It’s depressing,” added Musk.
“So, make more kids,” he concluded. “At least have enough children to support the population. We don’t want the population to decrease so much that it eventually disappears,” emphasized the Tesla founder.
Divorced three times, Elon Musk fathered 10 children, one of whom died at 10 weeks old. Another of his children, a transgender daughter, recently filed an official request to change her last name along with her gender to sever all ties with her father.
American media recently revealed that he fathered twins in November with a director at the Neuralink startup, a few weeks before the birth of Exa Dark Sydirial Musk, his daughter with singer Grimes.
Arriving in his private jet in Stavanger, Elon Musk also stated that the planet still needs fossil fuel energy sources.
“Realistically, I think we should use oil and gas in the short term, because if we don’t, civilization will collapse, especially now with the sanctions against Russia,” he commented. “At this point, it would be justified to explore more hydrocarbons in Norway,” Musk stressed.
The Scandinavian country, which is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in Western Europe, receives many requests from other European countries gripped by an energy crisis and wishing to end their energy dependence on Russia, notes AFP.