Biden once again shows he’s no champion of the environment. His White House won’t ruffle the corporate feathers too much. And the power of the fossil fuel industry is still great. Why listen to a pioneer when you can stay in your Wall St. lane. But we knew all along that Biden is a friend of big business and a foe of progressivism:
Elon Musk says he pitched the Biden administration on instituting a carbon tax as a way to encourage a faster shift to renewable energy, but he was told the idea was essentially “too politically difficult.”
Musk described the conversation with the Biden administration during a new podcast with Joe Rogan that was released Thursday. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rogan had asked Musk whether a new technological breakthrough is needed to increase the adoption of battery-powered vehicles. Musk argued the bigger issue is that “a hell of a lot of batteries [are] needed” in order to shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy. The best way to encourage that shift, in Musk’s view, is to “put a price on carbon.”