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June 2, 2017

Paris Climate Agreement: US Tech stands united against Trump

US tech stands united in its support for climate change.

By Ellie Burns

Some of the biggest tech companies in the US have publicly condemned President Trump’s decision to leave the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, with all unanimously vowing to tackle climate change despite their commander-in-chief abandoning the global deal.

One of the first to slam Trump’s exit from the deal was Elon Musk, who announced that he would be leaving his role as a member of Trump’s business panel. In a tweet, Musk said:

“Am departing presidential councils.”

“Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”

The biggest names in tech then followed Musk’s lead, with many taking to social media to criticise Trump’s exit from the agreement. CBR has rounded up some of the statements, tweet and posts from those still committed to supporting climate change in tech.



In a statement, Big Blue said:

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“IBM has stated its position on climate change publicly since 2007: Climate change is a serious concern that warrants meaningful action on a global basis to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Climate change is an international problem that requires an international solution, and we believe it is important for the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore IBM supported — and still supports — U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. This agreement requires all participating countries to put forward their best efforts on climate change as determined by each country. IBM believes that it is easier to lead outcomes by being at the table, as a participant in the agreement, rather than from outside it.

“Whether the U.S. participates in the Paris Agreement or not, IBM will continue its decades-long work to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and will continue to help our clients do so as well.”



Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer took to Twitter, saying:

“We’re disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Microsoft remains committed to doing our part to achieve its goals.”



Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted:



The ecommerce giant also took to twitter to say that it “continues to support the Paris climate agreement and action on 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.”



Mark Zuckerberg used his own Facebook platform to say that “withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk.”



Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted that Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement was “wrong for our planet.”

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