Tesla CEO Elon Musk has expressed confidence that President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration will prove beneficial to both Musk’s electric vehicle venture and the environment at large thanks to Trump’s promising stance on renewable energy investment.
The president-elect invited Musk to a meeting last month alongside a slew of tech luminaries that included PayPal founder Peter Thiel and Apple chief executive Tim Cook. He was also selected to join Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum as one of a handful of representatives of the nontraditional transportation industry.
This week, Musk revealed that he was nothing short of impressed by Trump’s approach to economic and environmental policy.
“The president-elect has a strong emphasis on U.S. manufacturing and so do we,” he told investors at a Gigafactory event in Nevada. “We are building the biggest factory in the world right here, creating U.S. jobs.”
“I think we may see some surprising things from the next administration,” Musk continued. “We don’t think they will be negative on fossil fuels… but they may also be positive on renewables.”
Trump has faced repeated criticism from environmental groups due to certain cabinet appointments, including Scott Pruitt for EPA head and former Texas Governor Rick Perry for energy secretary.
The latest comments from Musk could go a long way to suppress their concerns, as the well-respected tech mogul has built much of his fortune on the prospect of renewable energy’s proliferation and has emerged as an influential champion of alternative energy sources.
Watch footage from last month’s Trump tech summit below: