Technology Companies React to Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement
'Bad for the environment, bad for the economy:' Facebook, Google, Amazon, and many other company executives all made it very clear that they view Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement as a grave mistake.
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President Donald Trump announced yesterday that the United States is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, which was signed by 195 nations in December 2015.
The Paris agreement was intended to slow climate change by setting limits on carbon emissions and has been widely embraced by the business community.
As reported by Business Insider, the tech industry in particular has supported the Paris Agreement, and many of the big tech companies are currently transitioning their giant, energy-guzzling data centers to using completely renewable energy.
After Trump announced his decision on Thursday afternoon, the pushback from the tech industry was swift.
Some executives were more measured than others in expressing their dismay, but the tech industry's biggest voices all made it clear that they viewed Trump's move as a grave mistake.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Disappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) June 1, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey
This is an incredibly shortsighted move backwards by the federal government. We're all on this planet together and we need to work together. https://t.co/tLEdtG0n1o— jack (@jack) June 1, 2017
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
Deeply disappointed by President's decision to withdraw from ParisAgreement. We will double our efforts to fight climate change. pic.twitter.com/cmCLf9CoVY— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) June 1, 2017
Microsoft President Brad Smith
We all live on a small planet and every nation needs to work with others to protect it. https://t.co/RJHTlwgl5X— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) June 1, 2017
Tesla CEO Elon Musk
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
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