Some of the biggest names in U.S. business are making their voices heard in the debate over whether the United States should stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. The 195 nation treaty from 2015 was one of the Obama administration’s most significant second term achievements.
In a recent full page ad which ran in the New York Times and other major newspapers, Adobe, Apple, Google, Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, Microsoft, PG&E and numerous others beseeched President Trump not to withdraw from the agreement.
“As businesses concerned with the well-being of our customers, our investors, our communities, and our suppliers, we are strengthening our climate resilience, and we are investing in innovative technologies that can help achieve a clean energy transition,” they wrote. “For this transition to succeed, however, governments must lead as well.”
The ad went on to mention “strengthening competitiveness,” creating jobs, markets, and growth,” and “reducing business risks” as the key reasons the United States should stay in the agreement.
Donald Trump has been said to be vacillating over whether to withdraw the United States from the accord — which as President of the United States, he could do. Axios reported that he had decided to pull the trigger, while a New York Times report on Tuesday says that he is no longer as certain and that the arguments of big business have been persuasive.
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