Jason van Tol, Myocum
Elon Musk recently admitted he supported Bolivia’s recent coup as a means of gaining access to the country’s valuable lithium reserves.
The coup forcibly removed president Evo Morales from office on 10 November, 2019.
When interviewed by Glenn Greenwald shortly after he fled, Morales described the event as a ‘lithium coup d’etat,’ saying that western powers were behind the coup in order to gain access to Bolivia’s lithium reserves, which were nationalised during Morales’ time in office.
Lithium has become a geopolitical flashpoint in the race to electrify nations’ energy sources.
On July 25 when someone accused the US government of being behind the coup, Musk tweeted, ‘We will coup whoever we want’.
He later went on to say that Tesla gets its lithium from Australia, suggesting in my opinion that if Australians moved to take control of their own lithium reserves, which are substantial, Musk would also back a coup in Australia.