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Elon Musk gets emotional about Australia’s power problems

Elon Musk cares about Aussie electricity.

Like, really cares.

The billionaire inventor, entrepreneur and real-life Tony Stark appeared on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes on Sunday night to chat about the power issues facing Australia.

Following a Twitter back and forth with Mike Cannon-Brookes in July, Musk offered to build what the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia in the now famous “100 days or free” deal.

Musk may have run billion-dollar companies such as Paypal, Tesla and Space X, but he was not ready for the absolute shitstorm that is Australian politics.

“I didn’t realise there was this big battle going on,” Musk told 60 Minutes interviewer Liz Hayes.

Musk was also hurt by the criticism he faced from politicians such as Treasurer Scott Morrison, who compared the giant battery to those large novelty sculptures you find around Australia.

“By all means, have the world’s biggest battery, have the world’s biggest banana, have the world’s biggest prawn like we have on the roadside around the country, but that is not solving the problem,” Morrison said when Musk unveiled the plan.

“Thirty thousand SA households could not get through watching one episode of Australia’s Ninja Warrior with this big battery, so let’s not pretend it is a solution.”

Ha! That’ll teach you for trying to help us, Musk.

When the topic turned to many Aussies lacking the means to pay their power bills, Musk got emotional.

He also pointed out that Australia is perfect for solar power. It is, but unfortunately, our Prime Minister believes more in the mythical “clean” coal.

Just to recap, one of the world’s smartest, most passionate and driven men wants to help Australia solve its energy problems but is facing resistance and ridicule from the Australian government.

Musk warned that if Australia doesn’t do more, we will have the choice of going back to the dark ages or turning to renewable energy.

The choice should be obvious, but please tell that to the politicians.

International readers can view the clip here.

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