Elon Musk has asked Biden for a new carbon tax in the US, but Trump’s successor is not for the work

Elon Musk, sympathizer of protectionist policies President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been raising his requests to the different presidents of his native country, from Barack Obama to Joe Biden.

Precisely the founder of Tesla has revealed that he spoke with the new Administration to ask for a carbon tax in the US, but apparently the Democrats are not very much for the work.

“Put a price on carbon”

Joe Biden

In an interview in podcast format With Joe Rogan, Musk has said that he proposed to the new government to introduce a carbon tax, in order to accelerate the transition to renewable energy.

The response from Biden’s team was swift, and it was basically about a measure “too politically complicated”.

According to Musk, the cornerstone of the adoption of the electric car is the mass manufacture of batteries, and for this he believes that it is necessary to implement that tax on carbon emissions, “put a price on carbon.”

This could translate both into taxes that consumers would pay directly (not so much those with low incomes), as well as companies themselves, as is already the case.

And explains:

“My top recommendation, honestly, would be to just have a carbon tax,” Musk said. “Since we are not paying for the CO₂ capacity of the oceans and the atmosphere, we have what in economics is called a priceless externality. The market cannot respond to a priceless externality. If we just put a price on it, the market will react sensibly. “

Despite the proposal, Musk said on Rogan’s podcast that he “is not in favor of demonizing the oil and gas industry.

Carbon Tax

Of course, it could be a shot in the foot for Musk’s empire, since SpaceX would have to pay a lot to launch its rockets into outer space.

Surely Fiat Chrysler, which in 2019 he had to buy the Tesla credits for not being able to meet the average emissions of its fleet for 2020, this is not very funny, but Tesla does, that has made a lot of money thanks to the sale of supercredits.

At the moment the Democratic Administration has not delved further into the subject, although it was recently announced that Joe Biden will trade all 645,000 federal vehicles for electric cars, no dates in sight.

Also, during the fierce election campaign, Biden promised to invest $ 1.3 billion in electric car expansion, with the installation of 500,000 charging points by 2030.

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