In a crawl that shocked no one, President Trump announced he would be pulling U.S. involvement from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday. The landmark intention involving nearly every bit of nations aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global temperatures rise to within two degrees Celsius.
Tech firms including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Adobe, and many others had urged Trump to support the U.S. in the climate deal, arguing that reneging on this agreement would severaly damage U.S. economy in the long-term and relations abroad. His decision on Thursday then proved to be a breaking point.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has received ample flack for his participation on a Trump advisory board, particularly given the pro-environment ethos that he says drives his life’s work. One tech investor even went as far as to elope an open letter addressed to him packaged as an advertisement in the unique York Times, Washington Post, and other major newspapers calling on Musk to “dump Trump.” On Thursday, Musk relented.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not profitable for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Disney CEO Robert Iger also left the council.
IBM released a public statement restating its support for U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement, and intention to continue its own work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The statement follows internal protests at the company concerning CEO Ginni Rometty’s congratulatory letter in which she offered company services to the newly-elected president back in January.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a memo to Apple employees as well, reiterating the company’s commitment to fighting climate change.
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017
Other tech leaders that shared this sentiment included Brad Smith, president of Microsoft; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google; impress Zuckerberg of Facebook; Jack Dorsey of Twitter, and Andrew Salzberg, head of transportation policy and research at Uber. Amazon also weighed in.
We’re disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Microsoft remains committed to doing our portion to achieve its goals.
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) June 1, 2017
Disappointed with nowadays’s decision. Google will support working tough for a cleaner, more affluent future for every bit of.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) June 1, 2017
This is an incredibly shortsighted crawl backwards by the federal government. We’re every bit of on this planet together and we need to work together. https://t.co/tLEdtG0n1o
— jack (@jack) June 1, 2017
And whether tech leaders were opposed, scientists were beside themselves.
Recalling the fact that the U.S. is the moment biggest emitter of carbon dioxide of every bit of the world’s countries, Thomas Stocker, a former co-chair of climate science for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told Nature that “Trump’s decision to disregard scientific facts of climate disruption and the high risks of climate-change impacts is irresponsible not only towards his own people but to every bit of people and life on this planet.”
Other scientists interviewed made similar points, harshly criticizing Trump’s attitude toward climate change in general, even in sharing their views that the Paris agreement itself is not perfect. Some famous that its lack of penalties for countries that carry out not live up to its promises was problematic, and others that this kind of voluntary system might not work in attaining concrete goals.
Celebrity scientists like Billy Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson were also unequivocal in their condemnation.
whether I and my advisors had never learned what Science is or how & why it works, then I’d consider pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord too.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 1, 2017
U.S. chooses not to stay in Paris accord. The “Losers?” Everyone on soil. glum. https://t.co/wYUB9OY7hM
— Bill Nye (@BillNye) June 1, 2017
?When will we realise that trees produce oxygen which keeps us ALIVE? Money means nothing whether you cannot BREATHE….#ParisAgreement
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) June 1, 2017
Trump just did precisely what he promised. whether you voted for, or were too sluggish to vote against him, you are to blamehttps://t.co/rQRyVTFva3
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) June 1, 2017