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Cook Criticizes Trump’s Decision to Leave Paris Accord

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On June 1st, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly sent out an e-mail to all of the company’s employees. In it, he expressed his profound disappointment regarding Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate deal. Cook reportedly explained that before the decision, he tried numerous times to persuade the president into changing his mind. However, “it wasn’t enough”. In the e-mail, he also reassures the employees about Apple’s commitment to protect the environment and to fight against climate change. Also, he talks about the company’s plans to use renewable energy to reduce the impact on the environment.

A very big mistake

Tim Cook wrote that he knows many of Apple employees share his opinion that the decision Donald Trump took is a completely wrong one. According to him, on Tuesday, he talked with the president and tried to persuade him to give up on this wild idea. Sadly, it wasn’t enough and Trump still withdrew the United States from the Paris climate deal. While reminding everyone that climate change is a real and very dangerous problem, he reassured the employees that the company will continue to fight against it. The current developments of the company will reportedly not affect the environment in any way. Almost all Apple operations are powered by renewable energy. According to Cook, this is a good alternative for the environment while also being profitable business-wise.

The Apple CEO also talked about the company’s wish to stop mining new materials. One of his ambitious new plans is to have a closed-loop supply chain, in the near future. However, Apple will still count on its suppliers when it comes to the best materials and components possible. Tim Cook also expressed his disappointment through a Twitter message on his official account. On Thursday, Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord.

Tech leaders share the same opinion

Apart from Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said that this decision puts “our children’s future at risk”. Google CEO Sundar Pichai also declared himself extremely disappointed by this decision. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also posted a Twitter message in which he expresses his opinion. Disney CEO Bob Iger also announced that he’s leaving his post in the President’s Council, after this decision.

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