Tim Cook, Silicon Valley CEOs urge Trump to stay in Paris climate agreement

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly called the White House on Tuesday to try to urge President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris climate agreement, as other Silicon Valley CEOs took similar actions.

Trump tweeted that he will be making an announcement on the agreement signed by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2016, possibly hinting that he will pull the United States out of the international agreement to curb global warming by limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Cook, a longtime and vocal believer in climate change, called the White House to urge the administration to support the agreement, according to Bloomberg.

Apple joined Facebook, Google, Microsoft and 21 other corporations in an open letter to Trump asking him to reconsider pulling out of the agreement. The letter appeared as full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Post over the past month.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted the letter yesterday and it was retweeted over 4,000 times.

“As some of the largest companies based or operating in the United States, we strongly urge you to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change,” reads the letter. “Climate change presents both business risks and business opportunities. Continued U.S. participation in the agreement benefits U.S. businesses and the U.S. economy in many ways.”

Cook has been an ardent believer in man-made climate change and in making Apple one of the greenest companies in Silicon Valley. In 2014 at a shareholders’ meeting, Cook angrily asked any climate change-skeptic Apple shareholders to drop their shares if they were not content with Apple’s investments in renewable energy.

In 2016, Apple reported 96 percent of electricity used in its facilities worldwide were from renewable sources and that it hopes to meet 100 percent by 2020. “Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now,” said Cook in 2015 when he announced solar projects in China to encourage his suppliers to go green.

Other Silicon Valley celebrities found themselves at odds with Trump yet again with the Paris Agreement. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that he will likely leave his posts on two separate presidential advisory councils if the administration abandons the climate agreement.

“Don’t know which way Paris will go, but I’ve done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in [White House] & via councils, that we remain,” Musk tweeted.

Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, speaks to then-President-Elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower last December. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


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