Tesla Flips Switch on Gigafactory to Accelerate World's Transition to Renewable Energy


But how does Tesla's vision of a sustainable energy future fit in with Donald Trump's incoming presidency? We all know that Trump's forthcoming administration is one that's filled with climate change deniers and fossil fuel executives.

And according to a new Bloomberg report, a small group of renewable energy/Tesla critics called the Institute for Energy Research and its advocacy arm—the American Energy Alliance—have formed to oppose "almost any government aid for renewable energy."

The fossil fuel industry-funded group has reportedly been an influential force in shaping the president-elect's highly publicized plans to undo President Obama's signature environmental initiatives.

The alliance has posted an online blueprint that urges Trump to expand drilling and rescind "job-killing" regulations by axing federal fuel economy standards and Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Even though Musk once said that Donald Trump "doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States," last month, the Tesla/SpaceX CEO joined the president-elect's Strategic and Policy Forum, an advisory board for the president on business issues.

The Tesla boss is very outspoken on climate change issues and has built a renewable energy enterprise.

"Our goal here is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy," Musk told Bloomberg in 2015. "We're talking at the terawatt scale. The goal is complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world."

In his appearance in Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change documentary Before the Flood, Musk said that it would only take 100 Gigafactories to transition the world to sustainable energy. That is, if "governments can set the rules in favor of sustainable energy" by putting a tax on carbon.

Perhaps Musk can convince Trump that clean energy investments are not just good business sense, it's also good sense for the future of our planet.

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