Published: Sun, December 18, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Tesla's Elon Musk And Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Become Trump's Economic Advisors

Tesla's Elon Musk And Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Become Trump's Economic Advisors

According to the New York Times, Trump met with Elon Musk and Tim Cook privately after the meeting.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have been confirmed to become Donald Trump's economic advisors.

The addition of another CEO shouldn't surprise anyone, as the president-elect seems content with surrounding himself with a cadre of like-minded millionaires.

But the eccentric Tesla chief executive differs with Mr Trump on climate change because he believes it is one of the biggest threats facing the world.

However, the surprise comes between ideological differences rather than salary differences. The Tesla boss is very outspoken on climate change issues and has built a renewable energy enterprise.

Trump, on the other hand, feels that the jury is still out on human-induced climate change.

Musk even admitted hesitations publicly. "So right now everybody in this room has to like me - at least a little bit - but we're going to try and have that bounce continue".

"I also don't think this was the finest moment in our democracy in general, but so it goes", Musk added.

Trump said in a statement that Kalanick, Musk and Nooyi are "at the top of their fields". Musk and Kalanick are joined by Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo.

The now 19-member council, established earlier this month, also includes Disney CEO Bob Iger and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

On Wednesday, top-tier tech executives are also meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower in NY, with attendees including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt from Google parent company Alphabet, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and others.

While no one questions the business successes and acumen of Trump's advisory board, people wonder how having billionaires shaping policy could affect the nation.

Glaser points out that secretary of state nominee/Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson-whose company announced its support of the Paris climate agreement and acknowledges the risks of climate change-also endorsed the idea of a national carbon tax. Tillerson, for all his worldwide negotiations, has no experience in the public sector.

The CEO of space travel company SpaceX is trying to get people to Mars within a decade so they can start building a new civilisation.

Musk, who has relied heavily on government subsidies for his business ventures, worked closely with the Obama administration to further the government's green-energy policies.

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