Apple CEO Tim Cook and Others Express Disappointment Over President Trump’s Decision To Leave Paris Climate Accord

After U.S. President’s Donald Trump controversial decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has sent an email to the company’s employees expressing his disappointment. The CEO also publicly expressed his disappointment through a tweet on Twitter saying that the decision was wrong for our planet.

In the email shared with Apple’s employees, Cook says that he spoke with President Trump on Tuesday to ensure that the US remains a part of the Paris climate accord, “but it wasn’t enough.”


I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn’t enough.

Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it. I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment. We power nearly all of our operations with renewable energy, which we believe is an example of something that’s good for our planet and makes good business sense as well.

We will keep working toward the ambitious goals of a closed-loop supply chain, and to eventually stop mining new materials altogether. Of course, we’re going to keep working with our suppliers to help them do more to power their businesses with clean energy. And we will keep challenging ourselves to do even more. Knowing the good work that we and countless others around the world are doing, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about our planet’s future.

Our mission has always been to leave the world better than we found it. We will never waver, because we know that future generations depend on us.

Your work is as important today as it has ever been. Thank you for your commitment to making a difference every single day.


Tim Cook is not the only CEO who has openly expressed his disappointment with Donald Trump’s decision. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have also openly expressed their disappointment and called this move disastrous for the environment.

Tesla’s Elon Musk, who was a part of Trump’s economic advisory council, also said that he has done everything to convince Trump to not leave the Paris climate accord. But now that Trump has gone ahead with his decision, Musk has decided to leave the presidential council.

[Via BuzzFeed]