Executives at more than 70 companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Tesla, have issued an open letter urging the U.S. government to continue to abide by the Paris Agreement, according tomedia reports. While the Trump administration has initiated formal procedures to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, technology executives reaffirmed their commitment to the agreement and urged the U.S. government to continue to abide by it. “The Paris Agreement has made some progress, but it is not enough,” executives at the more than 70 companies said in an open letter. At this moment, we need to do more and faster. “
Since 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump has said the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. In November, the U.S. officially launched the exit process, which is expected to take at least a year or so.
In addition to executives from Apple, Google, Microsoft and Tesla, CEOs of companies such as Salesforce, Virgin Group, Hewlett-Packard, Adobe, IBM, Verizon and Corning also signed the open letter.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CHIEF executive, also publicly backed it on Twitter, saying: “Humans have never faced a bigger or more pressing threat than climate change – it’s a problem that we have to face together.” Apple will continue our work to make the planet a better place. In addition, we will develop tools to encourage others to do the same. “
Several tech executives have previously said they are committed to complying with the Paris Agreement, even if the federal government does not support it. Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and CEO, said in 2017 that he would step down from the president’s advisory council if the United States pulled out of the Paris climate agreement.
The White House has yet to comment.