Technology Company CEO, Musk Says ‘I’m Out’
Elon Musk, technology guru, and CEO of Tesla & SpaceX vowed that if the US left the Paris Climate Accord, he would leave President Trump’s White House advisory council. Well, it just so happens that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, made the announcement late Thursday to say exactly that; the US is out on Paris. In a tweet from Musk, he said, “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the World.”
Musk has been a major supporter of green energy and helping to get the world off of fossil fuel use. The Tesla CEO even cited that climate change and the impact of leaving the Paris accord could be detrimental to the world. Musk said that he’d repeatedly made attempts to gain the president’s support for the agreement but to no avail.
Musk has been a loyal member of the advisory board even prior to this. But it seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. The technology company leader stuck through some of the toughest times during the turbulent White House advisory board changes. Even after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left the economic council, Musk stood by stating that it was for a greater good.
But Musk isn’t the only member to leave on account of the decision to not stick with the Paris Agreement. Even Robert Iger, Disney CEO, made a statement on Thursday evening saying, “As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawl.”
Now, the question remains surrounding other members of the President’s advisory board who may follow suit. As of the writing of this article, no new departures have been seen but we will continue to monitor this story as is develops.