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Shortsighted, wrong: Apple, Facebook among tech giants to reject Paris pullout

In separate messages, the biggest companies in America express concern at Donald Trumps Paris accord decision

The heads of some of the largest and most influential American technology companies expressed their deep disappointment at Donald Trumps decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.

In separate statements and messages on social media, leaders of Apple, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla, Microsoft and IBM declared climate change an urgent threat that required a global effort to combat.

Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet, said Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted on Thursday. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called the decision incredibly shortsighted and a move backwards by the federal government. He also retweeted several stories and statements disapproving of Trumps move to extract the US from the Paris agreement, including a message from the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, that read: Make Our Planet Great Again.

jack (@jack)

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

June 1, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckererg said Trumps decision puts our childrens future at risk. He said the social media giant was committed to ensuring that every new data center is powered by 100% renewable energy. Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before its too late, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: Disappointed with todays decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, followed through with his promise to step down from two of Trumps business advisory councils if the president removed the US from the global climate agreement.

IBM said in a statement that the tech company supported and still supports US participation in the Paris agreement. IBM said, however, confirmed that its CEO, Ginni Rometty, will remain on Trumps business advisory council.

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, the statement said.

Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a statement the company has been a steadfast supporter of the Paris agreement and was therefore disappointed with todays decision by the White House.

Smith said his company had worked for months to persuade Trump to remain in the Paris agreement, though ultimately that effort came up short. Weve sent letters to and held meeting on this topic with senior officials in the state department and the White House. And in the past month, weve joined with other American business leaders to take out full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Post, urging the administration to keep the United States in the Paris agreement, Smith said in a statement.

Microsoft was part of handful of influential technology firms behind an eleventh-hour push to keep the US in the Paris climate accord ahead of his Thursday announcement in the White House rose garden.

Climate change presents both business risks and business opportunities, read a letter signed by more than two dozen companies and published as a full-page advertisement in several US newspapers on Thursday morning. Continued US participation in the agreement benefits US businesses and the US economy in many ways.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/02/shortsighted-wrong-apple-facebook-among-tech-giants-to-reject-paris-pullout

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