Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed his disappointment in President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, calling the move ‘wrong for our planet’.
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord, Apple CEO Tim Cook has gone on the offensive.
Cook today has expressed his disappointment in Trump’s decision on both Twitter and in an internal memo circulated to Apple employees, citing that while he had personally tried to persuade Trump to keep the United States as a signatory of the agreement, his efforts ‘weren’t enough.’
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.
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In an internal memo now published by BuzzFeed, Cook’s letter reads: “Team, I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. 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. Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it. I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment. We power nearly all of our operations with renewable energy, which we believe is an example of something that’s good for our planet and makes good business sense as well. We will keep working toward the ambitious goals of a closed-loop supply chain, and to eventually stop mining new materials altogether. Of course, we’re going to keep working with our suppliers to help them do more to power their businesses with clean energy. And we will keep challenging ourselves to do even more. Knowing the good work that we and countless others around the world are doing, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about our planet’s future. Our mission has always been to leave the world better than we found it. We will never waver, because we know that future generations depend on us. Your work is as important today as it has ever been. Thank you for your commitment to making a difference every single day. Tim”
Other tech executives have similarly expressed dissatisfaction; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has offered that the decision “puts our children’s future at risk,”, while Tesla CEO Elon Musk has left Donald Trump’s advisory board.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017