Elon Musk reacted with a “laughing hysterically” emoji on Thursday to a tweet that mocked Bill Gates’ claim that climate change could be solved by relying on hydrogen energy.
Musk, who confirmed on Thursday that he recently gave birth to twins with an executive at his brain chip company Neuralink, also found time early Thursday to troll Bill Gates, who took to his Twitter account. Posted a link to a blog entry title “Cut Emissions With Green Hydrogen.”
“Cheap clean hydrogen will be a huge breakthrough for which we have many uses. Plus, if we can bottle up the Tooth Fairy and clone Santa Claus, and replace public transportation with unicorns, we’ll all Would be nice,” one Twitter user commented in response to the post, prompting an emoji response from Musk.
Musk has called the ideal of hydrogen fuel cells “mindlessly stupid”, while dismissing them as “stupid cells” and “loads of crap”.
Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft who went into philanthropy after relinquishing his executive duties at the software giant, saw “the use of solar, wind or nuclear power to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen” as a possible solution. do” said.
Hydrogen fuel is made by burning the compound with oxygen in a process that does not rely on carbon sources. It has been on the market for years and is used to power internal combustion vehicles such as buses and passenger cars, although its scale is limited.
Critics of hydrogen state that although it is a renewable source, in its gaseous phase it is quite volatile and highly flammable. Since it is less dense than gasoline, it must be compressed into a liquid state and stored at low temperatures to guarantee its effectiveness.
Converting hydrogen to electricity is also an expensive process that requires separating it from oxygen, an energy-intensive endeavor that requires burning fossil fuels.
The Tesla CEO, whose $215 billion in assets, the largest in the world, is derived mostly from his electric car maker’s stock, has clashed with Gates elsewhere in recent years.
The Tesla boss criticized Gates for selling Tesla stock short, explaining the need to tackle climate change.
An investor who sells a stock short gains if the value of the stock falls. The investor borrows shares of an asset and then sells the borrowed shares to buyers at market value. The investor sells it with the intention of buying it back for less money later.
After learning that Gates bought an all-electric Porsche instead of a Tesla, Musk tweeted in 2020: “My conversations with Gates have been very short.”
Musk and Gates also went back and forth when the philanthropist hit out at Musk for his comments dismissing the coronavirus pandemic.
“Elon’s position is to maintain a high level of derogatory remarks,” said Gates, whose charity has worked to help develop a vaccine and improve surveillance of the disease. told CNBC in July 2020,
“He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. His rockets work well, so he’s allowed to say these things. I hope he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not too involved in Is. “
In response, Musk quipped: “Billy G is not my boyfriend”—possibly a play on the lyrics of Michael Jackson’s song “Billie Jean.”
“The rumor that Bill Gates and I are lovers is completely untrue,” Musk tweeted.