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Elon Musk Warns Of Population Crisis In U.S., Says ‘Big Reckoning Coming’

Elon Musk, who has been encouraging the public to have more babies, is back with concerns about a population collapse amid a falling birth rate

Elon Musk, who has been encouraging the public to have more babies, is back with concerns about a population collapse amid a falling birth rate. 

In a tweet on Friday, Musk said that the U.S. would face consequences as a result of a declining birth rate and that “Japan is a leading indicator.”

“Big reckoning coming due to low birth rate. Japan is a leading indicator,” Musk said about the declining birth rate.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building on February 03, 2023, in San Francisco, California. Musk has expressed concern about the decrease in population as Japan and China has seen a decrease in birth rates. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/BENZINGA

The billionaire entrepreneur was responding to a tweet about a report regarding the projected depletion of Social Security funds by 2033.

Reuters reported that the country’s Social Security system’s central trust fund’s reserves will be depleted in 2033 — one year earlier than estimated — while finances surrounding the nation’s Medicare program have improved slightly. 

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 3.7 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2021, about 46,000 more than were born in 2020, but the 1% increase still put the number short of 2019 levels.

Births have also dropped by an average of 2% yearly since 2014, including a decline of twice that much between 2019 and 2020.

Last month, Japan’s prime minister said that the country was on the brink of being unable to function amid a steep fall in the country’s birth rate. In 2021, Japan’s population registered at 125.5 million, according to CNN

Japan’s high cost of living, limited space, and lack of childcare has caused lack of support for the birthrates in the country. Other Japanese ex-pats have migrated to other countries including the Americas including the United States and Brazil.

Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. 

It’s indicated that Japan’s population could dip below 50 million by 2100 as the country’s working-age population is to further decline by 2060

In a tweet shared in January, Musk reiterated his warning of a population collapse, saying, “Population collapse is a major risk to the future of civilization.” He also shared a link to World Bank data, which showed that the world’s fertility rate was at its lowest since the 1960s. 

Last August, Musk warned that “population collapse due to low birth rates is a much bigger risk to civilization than global warming.” 

In a podcast, he also said that “people are living longer —that’s the only reason why the population of Earth isn’t plummeting.”

Musk had state that sex without procreation was a silly action. Some religious leaders in the Catholic Church had pounced on his comment as they said Musk has gone Humanae Vitae.

China’s population plummeted for the first time in 60 years as the country recorded 6.77 per 1,000 births lay year.

“Population collapse is an existential problem for humanity, not overpopulation,” Musk said in a tweet.

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