President Trump has decided to walk away from the Paris climate-change treaty. Elon Musk wasted no time in his response—he quit all the president’s advisory councils. Musk had threatened to quit if Trump pulled out—prior to his official decision.
As reported, “‘Don’t know which way Paris will go, but I’ve done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain,’ Musk commented. When Twitter users questioned how he would respond, should President Trump decide to abandon the treaty, Musk tweeted back that he would ‘have no choice but to depart councils in that case.’”
Not one to throw in the towel, Musk has made substantial efforts to lobby for the treaty and has brought his climate concerns to the White House before.
Trump’s business advisory council, also known as the Strategic and Policy Forum, is home to 18 business leaders—Musk was one of them. Musk was also part of the president’s manufacturing-jobs plan.
Musk’s Tesla was also one of the hundreds of companies that have pleaded with the president to stick with the Paris climate-change treaty. While some have called for Musk to simply abandon his position within the Trump administration’s councils, in the past, he has been adamant about remaining on the councils even if he does not agree with the administration. However, it seems stepping away from the climate-change treaty was one bridge too far.