UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has hit back at Elon Musk for saying that the world will solar powered in the future. The Last Stylebender believes that Musk is bleeding the world dry with his eclectic vehicles.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is one of the richest and most influential people in the world. As the founder of Tesla, Musk has has been at the forefront of tackling climate change by bringing sustainable vehicles to the market, namely electric cars.
Musk’s efforts to reduce climate change are commendable, particularly with Tesla. Tesla uses Lithium-ion batteries to power their sustainable electric vehicles. These Lithium-ion batteries are produced in their own plant. In fact, they have produced more lithium-ion batteries in 2018 in their factory than the entirety of the world in 2013.
How do Lithium-ion Batteries Harm the Environment?
Even though their ambition is to conserve or protect our environment from degradation, the use of Lithium ion batteries comes with a cost.
When a battery reaches the end of its useful life, it must be recycled or disposed of. Over 90% of lead-acid batteries used in conventional gasoline-powered automobiles are recycled at the moment. In comparison, lithium-ion batteries account for less than 5% of all batteries. Between 2017 and 2030, experts estimate that 11 million tonnes of lithium-ion batteries would be discarded .
These batteries will have to be shipped to recycling facilities all over the world in order to be treated, adding to their negative environmental impact. The transportation of batteries from Australia to Europe resulted in a 45 percent increase in global warming potential.
Israel Adesanya Fires Shots at Musk
The South African also has investments in other ventures, which includes Tesla Energy: a solar energy producing company that sells solar panels. Musk, who has recently tried to acquire Twitter, has been an advocate of shifting to renewable energy sources, and with Tesla Energy, he is slowly moving in that direction.
In a recent Twitter post, Musk has stated his conviction that solar energy will power civilization in the future.
Civilization will be mostly solar-powered in the future
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 10, 2022
Israel Adesanya hit back at Musk, subtly implying that Musk will “bleed the Earth dry” before moving on to solar powered civilization. Adesanya’s dig was referring to the damages caused by the use of lithium-ion batteries used in Tesla’s vehicles.
Just gotta bleed the earth dry first then we’ll do it…promise. https://t.co/8l6h6LYZ6E
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) June 10, 2022
Tesla has revolutionized the car industry. Even though they are trying to contribute to the conservation of our environment, they should also be wary of the consequences of their actions.
Musk, who is very active on twitter, is yet to respond, but you can expect him to say something sooner or later.