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Elon Musk shifts his views about Trump

During the tightly-fought 2016 presidential election, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not think that Donald Trump was the right person for the job. However, the billionaire innovator has now shifted his views about the Republican leader.

While Trump has long been a vocal opponent of the notion of man-made global warning, Musk has been an ardent supporter of the idea that man-made global warming is a real threat to humanity. Nevertheless, Musk has endorsed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a global warming skeptic, as Secretary of State.

Moreover, Musk has joined Trump’s council of business advisors as well as he has become a member of a Trump administration’s initiative to create more American manufacturing jobs.

While there may be several differences, the two sides also have some common ideas. Both Tillerson and Musk support a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

During a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris in late 2015, Musk said, “We have to fix the unpriced externality … pollution is classic negative externality in economic terms that causes harm to all, but cost to none. It is a hidden carbon subsidy of $5.3 trillion per year.”

Tillerson also supported a revenue-neutral carbon tax when he served ExxonMobil as it chief executive as a way to de-incentivize carbon generation.

As some experts have pointed out, Trump’s deep-space exploration plans may help Musk’s SpaceX flourish further. Currently, SpaceX is a NASA contractor but it is confined to low-Earth orbit missions.