Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is following through on his threat to step down from his positions on advisory councils in the White House after President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
“Am departing presidential councils,” Musk tweeted on Thursday. “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened Wednesday to stop advising President Donald Trump if the White House withdraws from the Paris climate accords.
Asked on Twitter what he would do if Trump withdrew from the landmark global deal to curb emissions, Musk said he would “have no choice but to depart [the] councils in that case.”
Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017
The Hill added:
“The Tesla CEO endured heavy criticism from some groups for accepting and then not stepping down from his role on Trump advisory councils. Musk argued that it was important be apart of the conversations with the White House, regardless of who is president, to help shape discourse.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had previously stepped down from the council in February, bowing to pressure from outside groups and vexed employees at Uber.
Representatives from IBM declined to say if CEO Ginni Rometty would step down from her position on the White House’s Strategic and Policy advisory council as well. IBM has strongly supported the U.S. taking part in the agreement. Prior to Trump’s announcement to withdraw the company reinforced its position with a blogpost arguing the agreements importance in a blogpost on Thursday morning.”