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Elon Musk, Donald Trump Split on Climate Change Goes Deeper?

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Elon Musk and Donald Trump at White House breakfast in January. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By    |   Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 08:18 AM

Elon Musk and Donald Trump could be going their separate ways on more than climate change if the president drops the United States out of the Paris climate accords on Thursday.

Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, has been one of Trump's most high-profile business advisers, sitting on the president's manufacturing jobs council, his strategic and policy forum, and his infrastructure council, reported CNBC.

But Musk's Twitter post Wednesday appeared to put those positions in jeopardy with Trump expected to announce his decision on whether the U.S. would remain part of the accords.

Musk had received heat for being one of Trump's leading advisers, but he often defended his role saying that it was better to have the president's ear than withdraw, said USA Today. Musk has championed Tesla as a means to combat climate change because its electric vehicles do not generate carbon emissions.

Trump would fulfill a campaign promise by dropping out the climate accord meant to bolster the fight against global warming around the world. But the move would put America at odds with most of its allies around the world, noted CNN.

Musk wasn't the only business leader pushing Trump to stay part of the global warming deal. CNN said the president of Exxon Mobil wrote Trump stressing the importance of maintaining a seat at the global negotiating table.

Marc Benioff, chief executive of Sales Force, penned a letter on behalf of other business leaders urging Trump to stick with the Paris accords and posted it on Twitter.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop also tweeted a letter asking the United States "honor the commitment it made" with signing on to the Paris accords.

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