This author just demonstrates complete ignorance or of the facts
It is infuriating to read his slander of the only billionaire I know of who is working to save humanity from its own utter stupidity. You want to pick on a rich guy pick the Koch Brothers who are screwing us with ALEC and manipulation of oil markets and trying to shove crap tar sands oil down our throats. Or Mercer, who does nothing but create algorithms for winning at the gambling casino called our stock market.
Musk started his first business with his brother living and working in a small office they rented. They were successful, reinvested the money building what became PayPal. Again, successful. Took money from that and financed startup of SolarCity, Tesla and SpaceX. All these companies are in America hiring Americans.
In 2008 (remember the crash? Musk was starting two companies at the time, SpaceX and Tesla) Musk put the remainder his fortune into both companies. He almost lost it all. Both came through - the 4th flight of the Falcon rocket succeeded (after 3 previous crashes) and Tesla scraped through with last minute financing.
Meanwhile he had financed his cousin starting SolarCity which became one of the largest solar panel companies in America. Employing 10’s of thousands Americans They are now building, I believe, the largest panel factory in the US
So, he’s responsible for employment of 10’s of thousands of Americans in America. building and installing panels for years, all generating fossil fuel free electricity. He’s created a car company building electric cars so good they’re outselling their high priced competitors Mercedes, BMW and Audi and dragging the auto industry kicking and screaming into producing their own electric vehicles. Both the solar panels (renewable energy) and electric vehicles are fundamental to reducing global warming.
Meanwhile what have Facebook, Amazon, the Kochs, Mercer, even Bill Gates done for the world that is 1/10 as important?
He’s proven he’s one of the smartest people on earth and if he thinks it’s a good idea to go to Mars while doing all the good-for-the-earth stuff simultaneously then I say Good for him! Because I know whatever he makes he’ll be plowing it back into doing more great enterprises employing Americans.