Trump has officially announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord that was signed into effect by President Obama last year. The historic agreement was the world’s first comprehensive agreement to deal with climate change and was a massive step forward towards the reduction of global greenhouse emissions and new investments into clean energy technology.
Elon Musk has been a strong supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement, and news of the President’s decision to exit the accord has forced Musk to disconnect any relationship with the President and his councils.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Just last week Musk said that he was cautiously optimistic that Trump would change his mind on the deal. On Wednesday, Musk followed up with a tweet suggesting that he would be leaving Trump’s advisory councils if the President decided to withdraw the US from the agreement.
I spoke directly with The President three weeks ago about Paris. Many others have too. Cautiously optimistic of a positive decision.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2017
Yesterday, Axios reported that Trump was planning on quitting the Paris agreement, despite the outcry from several US CEO’s to stay in the agreement. Today, Trump stated at his announcement, “We will see if we can’t make a deal that is fair, if we can’t that’s fine.” But, without getting political, it’s hard to believe that Trump would be able to make a more “fair” climate deal, since world leaders spent four years negotiating the Paris Agreement between 195 countries.
“U.S. business interests are best served by a stable and practical framework facilitating an effective and balanced global response. We believe the Paris Agreement provides such a framework.” – Letter to Trump from nearly two dozen US CEOs.
Between Tesla and SpaceX, Musk employs over 38,000 people and owns the US’s largest solar installer, Solarcity (now part of Tesla). Musk’s companies currently have over 3,000 job openings listed on their websites. Tesla is also the largest manufacturing employer in California, with over 10,000 employees at their Fremont facility.
Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton made comments on Trumps plan to leave the agreement at the Code conference on Wednesday. “What’s really stupid about it is they’re throwing out the economic opportunities that being part of the Paris Agreement provide for the United States. That is what I find totally incomprehensible. Now, it is going to be interesting to see where they end up. The president is a very impulsive, reactive personality. So if we all like the Paris Agreement, he may decide to get out of it. Not even understanding one bit about what that means.”