Elon Musk speaks against the infrastructure law

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Elon Musk warned that Mars travel would be dangerous.

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke out Monday two-part infrastructure law, calling government spending “crazy”. Musk spoke via video link at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit, and also spoke about Tesla Cybertruck, SpaceX spaceship and Neuralink.

“You can not just spend $ 3 trillion more than you earn every year,” Musk said. “If you do not cut public spending, something really bad will happen. This is crazy. Our spending is so far above revenue. It’s insane. Just like you could reset all the billionaires in the country … you still would.” do not solve the deficit. “

Speaking of his new Tesla Gigafactory in Texas about what US infrastructure could be improved, Musk pointed to better airports, double-decker highways and a tunnel system for electric vehicles – especially as Tesla works on autonomous driving. “But I do not see a strong effort in this direction,” he said.

Musk criticized regulations for building one charging network for electric cars across highways, and compares them with the government providing support for building gas stations. “There is no need for this, to support a charging network,” he said. “Delete it. Delete. I literally say, get rid of all subsidies.”

On it EV purchase tax deductionMusk pointed out that Tesla stopped getting it “like two years ago,” adding that when it comes to innovation and electric vehicles, the government should act as a referee instead of a player on the field. Musk also said he also did not see the value in the R&D provisions of the bill.

“In general, I think the government should try to get out of the way and not hinder progress,” Musk said.

One area where he said the government’s involvement is good is in a strong scientific program, he added, as a Mars probe.

On his own science programs, Musk said the “terribly difficult” Starship would be “the difference between humanity being a single-planet species and a multi-planet species” – if it works. He also reiterated that the Neuralink project works well in monkeys, and he hopes to have it in the first humans as quadriplegics and tetraplegics next year, pending FDA approval.

Musk also confirmed that Tesla is aiming for Cybertruck volume production in 2023 and that he will reveal more during the next earnings call in early 2022. “It may be our best product ever,” he said.

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