Elon Musk Issues Warning to Trump on Paris Climate Deal

He'll quit as Trump's adviser if Trump pulls out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2017 4:32 PM CDT
Elon Musk Has a Warning for Trump on Paris Climate Deal
In this Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk listens as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Amid reports that President Trump is about to ditch the Paris climate accord, Elon Musk offered a warning to the POTUS: He'll quit Trump's advisory councils if Trump withdraws from the Paris deal. "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," the Tesla CEO tweeted Wednesday. And then, in response to a question about what Musk will do if Trump decides not to remain in the accord, Musk replied: "Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case."

Musk is one of 18 business leaders on Trump's business advisory council and has also worked with the president on other initiatives, CNNMoney reports. On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that his decision on the deal will be known "very soon." Meanwhile, economists tell the AP that, despite Trump's assertion that abandoning the deal would boost the US economy, that's likely not true. (More climate change stories.)

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