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
“Musk, who also founded SpaceX, is on Trump’s manufacturing jobs council, his strategic and policy forum and his infrastructure council. Musk has defended his role advising Trump in the face of some criticism from activists, arguing that they should want his voice in the discussions to offer views that differ from those of other Trump advisors.
Musk, among other CEOs of major American companies, urged Trump to uphold the agreement. He tweeted Wednesday that he has “done all [he] can to advise directly to [Trump],” through White House officials and advisory councils, to remain in the accord.
Since taking office, Trump has started to roll back Obama administration energy regulations that he and some advisors say hold back American energy companies. While officials like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson support the Paris deal, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had pushed against it.
A group of top Republican senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also urged Trump to withdraw from the agreement.”
President Trump has reportedly decided to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, a White House official told the Associated Press on Wednesday.