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Silicon Valley execs unite in anger against Trump’s Paris withdrawal

'It puts our children's future at risk.'


Phillip Tracy

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Published Jun 2, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 4:28 am CDT

Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement was met with widespread disapproval from Silicon Valley elites Thursday.

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Among the first to denounce the decision was Mark Zuckerberg, who expressed his disapproval in a Facebook post Thursday.

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“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk,” Zuckerberg said.

Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Facebook CEO is a member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of more than 20 billionaires who have agreed to invest in new technologies to find cleaner and cheaper energy sources.

His sentiments following Trump’s announcement were echoed by several other tech giants, including Elon Musk, who made good on his word to leave Trump’s advisory councils. Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, also announced his resignation from Trump’s councils on Twitter yesterday.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai criticized Trump for abandoning the agreement, while Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s fight against climate change will never waiver.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Trump’s decision “incredibly shortsighted.”

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Brad Smith, president at Microsoft, wrote a lengthy LinkedIn post expressing the company’s commitment to sustainable energy.

The U.S. joined Nicaragua and Syria yesterday as the only countries to not accept the climate change agreement. President Trump said he would consider rejoining the Paris accord if the United States can renegotiate a better deal.

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*First Published: Jun 2, 2017, 9:47 am CDT