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Trump Leaves Paris Climate Deal Amid Warnings From Tesla, Apple, Facebook And Google

By Edge Ison , Jun 02, 2017 07:10 AM EDT
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People all over the world are scratching their heads over Donald Trump's decision to leave the monumental Paris Agreement. Over at tech world, a good number of companies particularly the people running them are dismayed with the president's decision, to say the least.

Engadget noted that a total of 25 tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft support the climate change accord and encouraged Trump not to withdraw. These companies published an open letter to the countries head of state saying that keeping the United States in the Paris Agreement is beneficial to the nation's economy aside from being great for the planet.

The open letter was published last month as full-page ads in highly respected publications such as the New York Post, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. According to the tech giants, climate change can go both ways. It can be good for business or it can be a risky business opportunity.

CNET also noted that Tesla CEO Elon Musk made good with his promise to leave Trump's council of advisers if he pushes through with the Paris Agreement exit. He explained via Twitter that he is leaving the presidential council because he believes climate change is real and that leaving the accord is no good for America and the whole world.

With the United States out of the accord, it joins two other countries - Nicaragua and Syria - as non-members. It must be noted though that Nicaragua refused to be a participant of the climate change deal because it thought that the provisions were not enough and should be improved. The Nicaraguan envoy stressed at the time that the accord's voluntary responsibility and unwillingness to punish those who will not abide by it was simply not enough. In other words, Nicaragua did not sign because it genuinely wanted something better.

Syria, meanwhile, has been at war for some time now and was, in fact, an international pariah or outsider while the climate change accord was being tackled. For Trump, staying in the Paris accord is against his America First policy. He has also expressed before that he thinks global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese.

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