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1 Jun 2017

Miles Dilworth, The Independent (UK)

25 American firms, including Apple, Facebook & Google urge Donald Trump not to pull out of Paris Agreement

Twenty-five of the world's biggest corporations have made a last-minute pitch to President Donald Trump urging him not to reconsider plans to withdraw the United States from a landmark international agreement on climate change. Companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Unilever and Morgan Stanley have signed a letter imploring Mr Trump not to exit the 2015 Paris climate accord, as he promised to do during his presidential campaign...The letter follows Tesla CEO Elon Musk's suggestion that he would quit his advisory role on a White House business council if Mr Trump chose to exit the deal...According to the letter, the Paris Agreement creates jobs and growth by "expanding markets for innovative clean technologies", while "strengthening competitiveness" and reducing the potentially harmful impact that future climate change may have on business....On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that oil giant Exxon Mobil had also urged Mr Trump to keep the US signed up to the accord...In April, a group of 16 companies, including Shell and Walmart, also signed a letter to Mr Trump expressing their support for the US's continued participation in the agreement. [refers to Adobe Systems, Apple, Blue Cross, Exxon Mobil, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Ingersoll-Rand, Intel, Levi Strauss, Mars, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, National Grid, PG&E, Salesforce, Schneider Electric, Shell, Tesla Motors, Tiffany, Unilever, VF Corp, Walmart]

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