At the close of the SolarCity (SCTY) Q2 2016 Results - Earnings Call, Elon Musk's final words were:
I mean there is a lot of focus on this month or that month or this quarter or that quarter, but I think it's worth raising – lifting our gaze a little bit to think longer-term to a year, or two years or several years out and ultimately to where do we – what do we want the world to look like and are we going there as fast as possible. I think really in any rational person would we have reason, science and that it's important for the world to transition to sustainable energy generation and consumption sooner rather than later.
In fact, even if you just assign a probability, instead of saying it's black and white. What is your probability about going to a sustainable energy that non-CO2 generating energy is good versus bad? Even if you think it's like – if you take the position say, well we think it's 1% likely, but hypothetically that massively increasing the CO2 – massively increasing the CO2 in the ocean's atmosphere is bad.
Well, okay we're 1%, but you only have one planet. So even if you think it's highly unlikely, that global warming is real and that there's only a small chance, that it's bad. We should still accelerate the advent of sustainable energy. And anyone who thinks that it is a 100% certain that global warming is fake and that's massively changing the chemical composition of the ocean's atmosphere is fine, is a bloody fool, obviously. So that's what this is all about, this is about trying to accelerate, where we know we need to get to anyway. And not unlike small potatoes, put some pieces away, but in a very big macro scale way.
1. It doesn't matter what you believe about science.
2. Renewable, sustainable energy is axiomatic.
3. Tesla Motors and SolarCity are making the transition, whether you like it or not.