‘INDUSTRY MUST NOW LEAD’: Business leaders slam Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement.

The agreement, which was signed by 195 nations in December 2015, aims to slow down the rate at which the planet is warming.

Before today’s decision was made, several executives of US companies showed their disapproval of the US pulling out of the agreement. On Wednesday, a letter signed by the executives of major companies, including Facebook, Google, Apple, and Unilever, urged the president not to abandon the agreement.

After Trump announced his decision, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that he will be leaving Trump’s advisory council. Other executives have taken to social media to voice their concern.


Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric


Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX


Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft


Brad Smith, president of Microsoft


Aaron Levie, CEO of Box


Mark Cuban, owner of NBA’s Dallas Mavericks


Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple and former administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency


Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce


Brent Saunders, CEO of Allergan


Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google


Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs


Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook


Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company

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David McNew/Reuters