An open letter to Elon Musk

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The rift between the two men started when Unsworth said the small submarine that Musk delivered to the cave site had no chance of working, calling it a "PR stunt".

The accusation and reaction took some attention away from a different social media flurry on Saturday, when Musk took to Twitter to explain why he donated money to the Republican Party - specifically, $38,900 to a Republican political action committee called Protect the House.

Asked by Australia's Channel 7 News on Monday whether he was considering taking legal action, the British caver Vernon Unsworth quickly replied.

Musk responded with a tweet branding Unsworth a "pedo".

"It's not finished", Unsworth told the Australian news media on Monday, adding that Musk's insult meant "people realize what kind of guy he is".

If you're the billionaire founder of several publicly traded companies, here's an easy PR strategy: Never tweet.

But while Musk also defended his donation by mentioning that he has donated almost $6 million to the Sierra Club, an environmentalist group fighting climate change, he is also helping keep fringe extremists in the Republican Party in power.

In the end, it was the team of divers who saved the children through a complicated rescue mission.

However, Tesla customers tend to be people with high levels of disposable income who are also concerned about climate change and pollution.

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Elon Musk makes unfounded accusation against Thai cave rescuer

Unsworth has said he is considering legal action against the billionaire entrepreneur, who is chief executive of the electric vehicle maker Tesla.

Musk had earlier triggered controversy after tweeting that the Thai rescue chief, who had declined the submarine prototype offer, was not really in charge of the operation.

Mr Unsworth told the AFP news agency that he would make a decision on whether he takes legal action against Mr Musk after flying back to the United Kingdom this week. The submarine, I believe, was about five-foot-six long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles.

The interview spread through the weekend - until a Twitter user baited Musk into responding to it, just as he had been lured by another fan into devising his submarine.

Unsworth, 63, said he hadn't actually met Musk face to face when Musk visited the cave during the rescue effort.

"Bet ya a signed dollar it's true", Musk wrote, a few hours before he deleted his tweets - too late to avoid yet another deluge of public criticism. He's considering legal action against Musk, so it looks like he's about to take another hit where it hurts him the most.

Mr Unsworth added: "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. I haven't decided what to do next yet", Vern Unsworth told Reuters in Mae Sai town in Chiang Rai province, about 2 miles from the cave where the boys and their coach were trapped for 18 days.

The episode also seemed to repel some of Tesla's closest backers, including alternative-energy loyalists who saw in Tesla a worthy opponent to the juggernauts of the oil and gas industries.

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