Elon Musk is no stranger to standing up to Trump

The White House ought to take a page from Elon Musk. Musk is Musk, the billionaire who’s designed an electric vehicle and flown rockets into space that have been used to blast tourists to…

Elon Musk is no stranger to standing up to Trump

The White House ought to take a page from Elon Musk.

Musk is Musk, the billionaire who’s designed an electric vehicle and flown rockets into space that have been used to blast tourists to the edge of space, land them on the moon, and finally land one there. He’s a compelling story who has invested in some cool innovation, including his baby, Tesla, and to a lesser extent his tunnel-digging company, Hyperloop One. But he has not been shy about taking on POTUS.

Here’s what he’s said since Trump was elected.

July 2016: “Climate change, it’s time for that to stop. I’m for climate change but I am against man-made climate change,” Musk said. “It’s a way to try to — could be wrong, could be right, but it’s a way to try to guide the future.”

“I don’t think we should have emissions standards for the cars,” he added. “That would almost inevitably lead to automation and it would be unhealthy.”

The July 5, 2016 Trump Tower speech, in which Musk criticized Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton: “I’m saying to Trump — there is only one way out of that labyrinth,” Musk said. “And you just said, ‘No way.’ Trump said, ‘OK.’ Hillary Clinton said, ‘OK.’ Trump just said, ‘I’m not going to do anything.’ He must not have really believed it.”

March 2017: “I think what Trump is saying is horrendous,” Musk said. “I think the climate of this country is in danger of danger and I hope we’re about to pull back from that.”

May 2017: “I hope that Trump doesn’t kill electric cars, I hope he doesn’t keep doing fracking, I hope he doesn’t put environmental regulations back on like dumb regulations, I hope he makes a heroic effort to be environmentally friendly and the rest of the world follows and the renewable energy panel in Washington follows him, which I hope they will,” Musk said.

October 2017: “It’s definitely an issue that he seems to want to change. It would be great if he adopted carbon taxes to reduce carbon emissions,” Musk said. “He seems to have enough of a self-awareness where he at least understands that it would help. I hope he does do that.”

Today’s release by Musk:

“There are meaningful changes that need to be made to our environment over the long term, and if we do nothing, our children and grandchildren and even our great grandchildren will look back at our actions and think it was a stupid thing to do.”

“If people vote for climate change deniers to the degree that is deemed possible, then it does not bode well for the future, not only in the U.S., but across the world,” Musk said. “A clear majority of voters favor making sure that the world stays at or below a 2 degree Celsius target from greenhouse gas emissions, and that is yet to be done.

“No one, regardless of how they voted, should be allowed to block progress on this issue.”

He then called on people to vote out the rest of Congress whose members voted for a climate-change denier to be their speaker.

As to the time and place for the protesting of climate change, Musk’s suggestion: “Wherever is the most effective.”

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