Elon Musk threatens to leave White House councils over Paris deal

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that if President Donald Trump follows through on pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, he’d "have no choice" but to cut off his participation in White House business councils.

"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," Musk tweeted. Musk followed up with a tweet saying, "Will have no choice but to depart councils" if Trump pulls out of the Paris deal backed by nearly 200 other countries.

POLITICO and others have reported that Trump is expected to withdraw the U.S. from the climate agreement.

Musk has emerged as the Trump White House’s go-to tech industry executive. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has taken part, for example, in the so-called "President’s Strategic and Policy Forum."

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from that group in February after a public backlash, including from inside the technology industry. At the time, Musk decided to stay involved, saying, "I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good."

Musk’s threatened break with Trump comes as the White House is trying to bring tech CEOs and other executives to Washington on June 19 for a day-long summit on modernizing government technology, cybersecurity, immigration and other topics.

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/elon-musk-trump-paris-climate-pact-238990

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