Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday joined a chorus of Silicon Valley voices condemning President Donald Trump’searlier in the day to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord.
In a memo to Apple employees obtained by CNET, Cook wrote that he spoke with Trump earlier in the week in an effort to persuade him not to withdraw from the pact, in which nearly 200 countries agreed to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions. In addition to Cook, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, HP, Intel and Tesla also asked Trump to stay in the agreement.
Ultimately, though, “It wasn’t enough,” Cook wrote in the memo.
Despite Trump’s decision, Cook wrote that Apple’s commitment to protecting the environment was unchanged.
“Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it,” Cook wrote.”I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment.”
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.
CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this report.