‘Climate change is real’: CEOs share their disappointment over Trump’s Paris accord exit
Friday, June 2, 2017
Despite last-ditch appeals from the top chief executives and months of letters and outreach to the White House from some of America’s largest companies and CEOs, President Trump announced that the United States would exit the Paris climate agreement, breaking ranks from nearly all the world’s countries and saying he would try to renegotiate the deal or enter into a new one. “We’re getting out,” Trump said in a Rose Garden announcement Thursday afternoon, “but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
In response, one corporate titan after another tweeted their disappointment at the announcement, companies issued statements committing to action on climate change and two high-profile members of Trump’s business advisory council said they would leave the forum in response.