Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is feeling optimistic about the new Biden Administration environmental policies after he admitting he was feeling “fired up” after an interview with Fortune last week. He is very happy to see the country now prioritising climate change.
“I’m super fired up that the new administration is focused on climate,” Musk said, noting that he is closely watching the new president’s moves.
“I think this is great. I feel very optimistic about the future of sustainable energy with the new administration. Not that we should get complacent or anything, but the wind is at our back for solving the climate crisis with the new administration,” Musk said in the interview.
Musk previously left the former US President Donald Trump’s economic advisory board after he pulled out from the Paris Agreement on climate change. According to Musk, this was the final straw for him and would have looked incredibly hypocritical as someone in charge of an EV company such as Tesla.
“I said… it is very important that we address the climate crisis and everything. I took him pretty much at his word, that he would really mean it,” Musk said. He’s now looking to get involved with the new presidency as they start building out their environmental policies. For example, Biden is looking to use all-electric cars for the US government. According to Biden, this would make 1 million jobs in the auto industry available.
Musk has admitted that he hasn’t reached out to the president yet, however his aides are in informal contact with the White House. “My team, being very pro-environment, they know a lot of people that Biden is bringing in,” Musk said. “We will do our best to be helpful to the new administration with respect to climate.”