USA: Companies continue to reduce emissions despite appointment of climate sceptic to lead Environmental Protection Agency

Author: Bradley Olson & Cassandra Sweet, Wall Street Journal (USA), Published on: 9 December 2016

"Companies on Climate: Trump or No, Still Cutting Emissions," 8 Dec 2016

Many big corporations continue to support efforts to reduce carbon emissions…despite…Donald Trump, who… selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an ardent critic of Obama administration regulations, as his EPA head…While many companies shared their positions…on climate regulations before Mr. Pruitt’s selection, several reached again afterward…said their stance remained unchanged. “Part of our plan to invest in renewables is to diversify our generation portfolio,” said Melissa McHenry, a spokeswoman for…American Electric Power Co. “All of those investments don’t change with a change in administration...”…Days after the…election, Exxon Mobil Corp. signaled its continued support for the Paris climate deal…AEP say they will continue their transition to cleaner energy sources, even if Mr. Trump makes good on his pledge to reverse the Clean Power Plan…Wal-Mart, General Motors Co., Google and Gap Inc. also said their goals for renewable-energy use…remained intact…Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of BHP Billiton Ltd…told shareholders last month that he hoped Mr. Trump would stand by the U.S. commitment to the Paris accord…

[Also refers to Alphabet, BP, Chevron, DuPont, Intel, Monsanto, and Royal Dutch Shell.]

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Related companies: Alphabet American Electric Power BHP Billiton BP Chevron DuPont ExxonMobil Gap General Motors Google (part of Alphabet) Intel Monsanto (part of Bayer) Shell Walmart