Adieu Paris. Business leaders putting their hands up to take responsibility.
This weekend we saw Donald Trump make the decision to opt the US out of the Paris climate accord. A global, non-binding, agreement to limit the increase in global temperatures to 2 degrees, aiming to safeguarding the future of the plant for today’s and future generations. It initially took America under the leadership of Barak Obama to get all but two countries to sign the agreement. The US now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the 3 countries who wont commit to the cause.
Trump’s reason for opting out;
- The agreement “disadvantages” the US.
- The deal left “American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production.”
The CEOs and leaders of many big American companies have different views, committing to pursue the goals laid out in the Paris agreement, as well as their own initiatives. Why? Because as global corporations, they understand the influence they can have at a global scale. These leaders also see the opportunity to invent new technologies and advance the way the world does business in order to change the world extraordinary ways.
Disappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) June 1, 2017
Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.
— Jeff Immelt (@JeffImmelt) June 1, 2017
We’re disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Microsoft remains committed to doing our part to achieve its goals.
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) June 1, 2017
It also led to the CEO of Disney, along with Elon Musk to leave the president’s business council:
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
It wasn’t only business leaders, the states and citizens Trump believes he made this decision for also rejected his reasoning.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump told the world. Never mind that the good folks of Pittsburgh are citizens of the United States. The response:
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
“So we’re getting out,” Trump explained in his announcement. Thankfully this decisions doesn’t seem to matter to a number of the world most influence business leaders.
It could not be all over…….According to the experts it will take 4 years for the US to exit the agreement. That just so happens to be the day after Trumps last day in office (assuming he makes it to the end of his term and doesn’t get a second one!).
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