Elon Musk has said he believes Europe should restart its dormant nuclear power stations and boost production in those that are operational as experts fear that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could create a shortage of gas across the continent.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the Tesla CEO said that "nuclear is vastly better" for global warming than burning hydrocarbons, also known as fossil fuels, for energy.
"Hopefully, it is now extremely obvious that Europe should restart dormant nuclear power stations and increase power output of existing ones. This is *critical* to national and international security," Musk wrote, adding that fears of radiation from nuclear power stations are inflated.
"For those who (mistakenly) think this is a radiation risk, pick what you think is the worst location. I will travel there & eat locally grown food on TV. I did this in Japan many years ago, shortly after Fukushima. Radiation risk is much, much lower than most people believe," Musk continued.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to oil prices soaring to new highs in the UK and the EU, threatening to further push up heating bills for millions of households.
The declining number of power plants comes as European nations reevaluate their relationship with nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown and a move toward more environmentally-friendly energy sources.
Breton also said that the inclusion of nuclear energy in the taxonomy is crucial for the sector to attract the necessary capital it needs.
His comments came as the larger EU in February released plans that would allow certain natural gas and nuclear energy projects to have a place in the EU Taxonomy, a classification system that labels certain investments as environmentally sustainable.
"Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately," the businessman wrote. "Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures. Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports."