President Trump has ignorantly decided to leave the Paris Agreement, turning his back on tech giants, the general public and scientists all over the world.
This was the final straw for Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX who had previously threatened to resign his ‘presidential councils’ if the US was to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris) is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Musk who accepted the White House role to be a ‘moderating influence’ on the council was disappointed by Trump’s decision. In his address Trump announced:
In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
Prompting Musk to tweet:
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Trump’s decision to remove the USA from the Paris Agreement has upset more than 1,000 companies, 800 colleges, 400 American cities, 37 states and 71 percent of the American public, who all supported America’s involvement in the Paris Agreement.
The Trump administration received a signed letter from Facebook, Google and Microsoft CEOs urging Trump to rethink his decision which was then printed as a full-page advertisement in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Musk served on Trump’s advisory committee despite criticism in the hope of advising the President to continue to support the Paris Agreement, threatening on Wednesday to leave if POTUS pulled out.
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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017
Musk immediately followed up on his promise and declared his resignation from the presidential councils.
Read here about how Trump's administration has changed the U.S. environmental policy and how it will impact the environment.
Header: Elon Musk, National Geographic