Trump Has Pulled the US Out of the Paris Accord. Here’s What Some Leading CEOs Think.

As of 1:00 pm EST June 2, 2017
Amazon via twitter: Amazon continues to support the Paris climate agreement and action in climate change we believe that robust clean energy and climate policies can support American competitiveness, innovation and job growth. We remain committed to putting our scale and inventive culture to work in ways that are good for the environment and our customers.
Apple via Tim Cook letter to employees: I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn’t enough.
Blackrock CEO Larry Fink: “I do not agree with all of the President’s policies and decisions, including today’s announcement to exit the US from the Paris Agreement which I believe is a critical step forward in addressing climate change.”
Boston Consulting Group CEO Rich Lesser: We are disappointed at the United States government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and its potential impact on global efforts to address climate change.
Cargill: It is extremely disappointing. Exiting international accords like the Paris Agreement will negatively impact trade, economic vitality, the state of our environment, and relationships amongst the world community.
Disney via CEO Robert Iger’s twitter: As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the Presidents Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.
Dow Chemical: Dow is the leading materials science company in the world and innovates and manufactures many low carbon technologies that enable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs and economic value in the United States. While we are disappointed in the decision to withdraw the United States from its commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement, we understand there are always many potential solutions to challenges and are eager to work toward alternative solutions. We will continue to collaborate with President Trump as well as other businesses, NGOs and academics to continue to advocate for smart policies that enable the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that global markets stay open to American exports and innovation.
Facebook via Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page: Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk.
Ford: “We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities
General Electric via Jeff Immelt’s twitter: Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate Change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.
General Mills: In a statement to BuzzFeed News, cereal company General Mills said it was “disappointed” by the withdrawal and remained committed to “addressing challenges related to climate change.”
General Motors: GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed. International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment.
Goldman Sachs via CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s twitter: Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement (Note: Lloyd Blankfein had never used twitter before, this was his first tweet and it got over 10,000 retweets and 23,000 likes.)
Google via CEO Sundar Pichai’s twitter: Disappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.
HP: Climate change is one of the most significant and urgent issues facing business and society today. The science is clear, the impacts are serious and the need to act is essential.
IBM via twitter: Climate change is an international problem that requires an international solution, we believe it is important for the world to reduce GHG emissions. Therefore IBM supported – and still supports – US Participation in the Paris Agreement.
Intel: Climate Change is a real issues, and we firmly believe the US should continue to participate in the Paris Climate Accord. Withdrawal won’t change our investment in renewable energy, and we will continue to advocate for the US to engage.
JPMorgan via CEO Jamie Dimon: “I absolutely disagree with the Administration on this issue. But we have a responsibility to engage our elected officials to work constructively and advocate for policies that improve people’s lives and protect our environment.”
Microsoft: Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, said in a statement that the company was disappointed in the decision.
National Grid: A clean energy transition is good for our customers and the economy, and the right thing to do. That’s why National Grid remains committed to addressing climate change head on and will continue to support our customers and communities to reduce harmful emissions and better prepare our economy for the future. In recent weeks, we have joined several of the largest US companies to urge President Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
PepsiCo: PepsiCo’s longstanding commitment to addressing climate change will not change. 
Salesforce via twitter: We are disappointed by the Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as climate change continues to threaten our planet and global economies.
Shell via twitter: Our support for the #ParisAgreement is well known. We will continue to do our part providing more & cleaner energy.
Siemens: Siemens supports the Paris Climate Accord signed by 194 countries as it is an important element in enabling and encouraging governments, other businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to tackle climate change. Siemens is disappointed by President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord.
Tesla via CEO Elon Musk’s twitter: Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
Twitter via CEO Jack Dorsey’s twitter: This is an incredibly shortsighted move backwards by the federal government. We’re all on this planet together and we need to work together.
Uber CEO Andrew Salzberg via Medium: Today’s announcement from President Trump that the United States will not honor the agreement is a huge disappointment. Addressing rising temperatures is vital to ensuring the continued health and prosperity of populations across the globe.
Unilever via CEO Paul Polman’s twitter: #Paris Agreement = huge economic opportunity. Inaction is existential threat. No turning back. Business must lead.
Walmart: “We think countries working together on shared goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a laudable and necessary goal.”
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5 Responses to Trump Has Pulled the US Out of the Paris Accord. Here’s What Some Leading CEOs Think.

  1. 971romeo says:

    I keep wondering how Ivanka Trump will explain this to her children. What a tragic legacy this man will leave for his grandchildren. For all of our grandchildren.

  2. And here is what Rep. LEE ZELDIN has to say. It seems to be the Trump “party line”…
    (and it seems the CEO’s are way smarter than he is):

    “I support many overall goals here, but the United States approached this entire Paris climate agreement all wrong. Last fall, while the duly elected legislatures in other nations, like Canada and the European Union, hosted hearings, debates, and ultimately voted on the Paris Accord, President Obama chose to bypass the Constitution and enter into this sweeping international agreement without seeking congressional approval. These types of agreements should be agreed to in a transparent manner that follows the Constitution and the law. Additionally, while other nations made modest commitments pegged to their GDP growth, President Obama made a unilateral pledge to bring emissions 25-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. There are some very important practical issues with that pledge regarding feasibility, which especially include unmanageable time constraints and energy cost increases for Americans.

    What we need to do moving forward should include continuing to take an international approach to protect clean air and clean water, and reduce emissions that are impacting our climate, but we must negotiate it correctly so that we aren’t overpromising, under-delivering and causing unnecessary harm. Additionally, and very importantly, we really need to do much better to get other nations to do their part. Paris allows China and other nations to eventually renege on their commitments and actually increase emissions with no consequences, which is ridiculous for us to sign off on in return for an infeasible concession on our side. Any international deal going forward also needs congressional input and a vote that lays out the negotiating goals and a ratification vote after the fact.

    As a member of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, I will support reasonable policy solutions that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. This has included clean and green energy research funding that directly supports important work taking place at SUNY Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Lab. I’ve also been a strong advocate for important environmental funding that impacts eastern Long Island, including the Long Island Sound Program and National Estuary Program.”

    • Oh! And by the way…Zeldin claims he is an environmentalist! “As a member of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus”…. Does global warming not impact Long Island? Does fossil fuel burning in China, India, and elsewhere not affect Long Island? And BTW what does Zeldin have to do with funding of environmental research at SUNY Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Lab? Is the current proposed budget crunch going to help this? What a lot of BS!

  3. and here is the list of CEO’s that are trying to stay involved with Trump:

  4. Pingback: John Oliver Blasts ‘F–king Egomaniac’ Trump for Leaving Paris Climate Accord | Resist and Replace

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