Top US CEOs Back Climate Deal

  • President Donald Trump’s announcement to quit the Paris Agreement hasn’t gone down well with corporate America, with leading CEOs defying the President’s position and extending support for the deal that aims to lower global carbon emissions.
    Even before the announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had warned that he would quit the White House Business Advisory Council if the US were to walk out of the Paris deal. Yesterday, he did exactly that. He was joined by Disney CEO Robert Iger, who too walked out of the same council.
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and GE CEO Jeffery Immelt have all criticized President Trump’s move.  
    President Trump has also been coming under fire from world leaders since he made the expected announcement on Thursday. Newly elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, was scathing in his remarks in response to President Trump’s statement, that he would prefer re-negotiate the agreement. President Macron was vocal in saying the Paris Agreement was not reversible, and that EU, in partnership with China and other countries, would move ahead without the US.