“Am donating $100M in direction of a prize for greatest carbon-capture know-how,” the SpaceX and Tesla chief introduced on Twitter Thursday (Jan. 21). “Particulars subsequent week,” he added in one other tweet.
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It is no large shock that Musk desires to enhance and lengthen such tech. The billionaire entrepreneur has lengthy warned concerning the risks of local weather change, calling humanity’s heavy reliance on greenhouse-gas-producing fossil fuels “the dumbest experiment in human historical past.” And, after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris local weather pact in 2017, Musk resigned from a number of presidential advisory councils in protest. (The U.S. simply bought again within the Paris settlement, because of an govt order signed by President Joe Biden.)
Musk additionally has a canine within the climate-change battle, economically talking. Tesla is an electric-car maker, in any case, and it has a solar-power firm (SolarCity) as a subsidiary.
Musk can definitely afford to make investments on the $100 million scale as nicely. He lately displaced Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest particular person. Thanks largely to Tesla’s hovering inventory value, Musk is at the moment value greater than $185 billion, in accordance with media stories.
Mike Wall is the creator of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a guide concerning the seek for alien life. Observe him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Observe us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Fb.