As the White House announces the United State’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and the political ramifications are felt around the world, Silicon Valley and the tech community globally is taking an aggressive stance against climate change denial and pointing out the importance of America committing to reducing carbon emissions.
Most vocal so far has been Elon Musk, a long-time Donald Trump supporter and a member of several advisory councils, along with being a personal adviser to the president. Musk made his intentions clear early saying that he would resign from all councils and cease his advisory role if rumours of President Trump abandoning the Paris accord were true.
Musk, however, has been far from the only high-profile business leader to protest the United States revised stance publicly. Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from the Strategic and Policy Forum, created to advise the president and tweeted his disapproval of the move. Tim Cook of Apple has sent a companywide memo to employees stating that the decision is wrong and that Apple is “committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.”
Over at Salesforce, Mark Benioff issued an official statement and also a personal one on his Twitter feed. Microsoft and Apple have also communicated through their chief executives, as has Mark Zuckerburg at Facebook who said that the withdrawal “puts our children’s future at risk.”
Most notable however, with those outside of technology industries – ExxonMobil and Chevron have both supported remaining in the Paris agreement and said that a withdrawal is not only bad for the environment but also business. ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods writing in a personal letter to Trump that there would be ramifications for the United States with regards to its ability to negotiate with countries still in the agreement.
However, this is a promise that Donald Trump made during his candidacy and should come as a shock to nobody. He has never wavered in his criticism of the accord, stating on many occasions that the United States poorly negotiated the agreement, and should either leave it, or come up with a new deal.