Are you gushing? The bloke is pursuing his interest in a technology driven low emission world and putting money into it. The automobile side is more a boutique brand and never likely to challenge the likes of GM and Ford. He's as much about R&D as building things. Musk’s a visionary with an ego but there is a positive contribution to the world. His is a far more beneficial pursuit than the great white hope’s preoccupation with twitter and golfing.
You just adore him because he talks of some guilded green future (that doesn't exist by the way); take off your rose-coloured glasses and have a good look.
He's nothing but an updated Richard Branson with a "let's save the world with technology" angle; PT Barnum for our age. Look at what he does: He makes a string of announcements a few months ago about an electric truck and a new electric sports car, all of which have to be paid for up front if you are actually buying one - but then the Model 3, supposedly the basic car in the line-up - still isn't in the hands of most consumers who probably long ago paid for them.
What do you think is more likely in 2018 - that he will turn a corner or that he'll be come a gutza? I know what my money is on.
I’m not into emotive China bashing - we need them more than they need us. Imagine how low-income families would cope if we banned cheap imports. That said we do need to be far more vigilant and protect Australian’s from unscrupulous practices. However not all political parties are pro-active when it comes to consumer protection as they see it as interference in a free-market.
I'm not China-bashing, I'm just pointing out that we need to protect our brand in a country with a notorious history of allowing counterfeiting.
But while we're on the subject, China are definitely headed for some kind of Cold War with the West, there's absolutely no no doubt in my mind. The South China Sea is just a little bit of insight into their long-term territorial ambitions - unless we abandon ANZUS altogether there will be a confrontation there. Chinese diplomats have already been talking about economic sanctions against anyone participating in the 'freedom of movement' exercises - I can't see this ending any other way than a confrontation.
We can survive without China, believe me. There will be some inflation but the production of many basic things will move back on-shore providing work for people; the working class have suffered terribly under the neo-liberal 'free-trade' thing and they'll have a chance to recover what's been lost in the last 40 years. Losing China as a trading partner will hurt but we will survive economically, it won't be the end of the world things will change that's all.