Trump's Paris Agreement Exit Prompts Musk To Leave Advisory Council
Trump's Paris Agreement Exit Prompts Musk To Leave Advisory Council

Trump's Paris Agreement Exit Prompts Musk To Leave Advisory Council

Following president Donald Trump's sensational decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement – which had 200 signatories for the fight  against climate change – Tesla CEO Elon Musk has left his role as an advisor to the White House.

Similarly, home-grown carmakers Ford and General Motors (GM) have responded to the news in separate statements that both reinforce their commitment to environmental issues.

However, despite Mr Musk's dramatic move, GM chair and CEO Mary Barra will continue to be an advisor to the Trump administration, with her company stating that “a seat at an important table (helps) contribute to a constructive dialogue about key policy issues”.

“GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment, and our position on climate change has not changed. International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment.”

Recently retired Ford president and CEO Mark Fields was also a member of President Trump's advisory council until Jim Hackett succeeded him last month, but whether or not the Blue Oval's new boss will take the White House role is currently unknown.

“We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities,” said Ford. 

“Our commitment to sustainability is why we’re investing so heavily in electrification and adding 13 new electrified vehicles to our line-up.”

Announcing his departure from the economic advisory councils on Twitter this morning, Mr Musk said that “climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”


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