Updated: Musk Quits Council Following Trump’s Decision to Ditch Paris

 

U.S. President Donald Trump has pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, ”We’re getting out,” he said. Trump’s move stunned the world and enticed many to react to the devastating news.

”Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” Elon Musk tweeted post Trump’s speech. Musk was not alone, the business community has lashed out after the decision and expressed their frustration on social media platforms. Walt Disney Chief Executive, Bob Iger, has also quit Trump’s council in disagreement with ditching the global accord.

Earlier on Wednesday, Tesla CEO  said he’ll depart Trump’s Advisory Council if the U.S. withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement. Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday, ‘’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.’’

In another tweet, he stated that if U.S. were to withdraw, he would have no choice but to leave the business advisory council formerly known as the Strategic and Policy Forum.

Musk shared his disappointment with his twitter followers amid a rather hopeful tweet on May 23rd. When he spoke directly with the president three weeks ago about the Paris agreement. ‘’Cautiously optimistic of a positive decision,’’ he said.

The Paris Climate Agreement was drafted in 2015 with the main goal to limit the average global temperature increase to below 2C (3.6F). According to Fortune, If that threshold is exceeded, climate scientists believe subsequent severe weather events will be irreversible. The Paris Agreement is signed by 195 nations.

The U.S. President has declared on several occasions that he is not a believer in climate change or global warming. Back in 2016, he also referred to former President Obama’s attention to the cause as a ‘ridiculous situation.’ During his presidential campaign, Trump said that part of his presidency program will be ‘cancelling the Paris Agreement and stop all payment to UN global warming programs.’

On the other hand, Musk is an advocate for climate change, he said during a presentation at the Paris-Sorbonne University that Climate change could result in destruction worse than all wars in history combined.

He also added: “We would be talking about maybe two billion people being displaced and their homes being destroyed and their countries being gone. So I think we should take action.”

In spite of various points of disagreements between Musk and President  Donald Trump, Musk has chosen not to distance himself from the council or the manufacturing job initiative hoping one day to influence Trump’s thinking.

 

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