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Firms reaffirming commitments to climate action criticised over controversial environmental policies

Author: Emily Atkin, New Republic, Published on: 13 April 2017

"The corporations defying Trump on climate change are not your heroes", 3 Apr 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that aims to unravel former President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy…In an implicit rebuke of Trump, some of the country’s richest companies [such as Nestle, General Electric etc.] issued statements reaffirming their commitment to fighting climate change…But…anodyne statements about climate change are a cheap and easy public-relations victory. None of the above corporations indicated that they would fight Trump’s order [or] mentioned the executive order at all…Moreover, not all of these companies are environmental heroes in their own right. Amazon, for instance, has been widely criticized by environmental groups for avoiding transparency about its own carbon emissions [and] Nestlé…continues to fight environmental groups in court over its practice of extracting millions of gallons of water from drought-stricken regions of California… Duke Energy…raised some eyebrows when it vowed to “continue to move forward” in reducing carbon emissions [since] this is the same company that’s constantly being cited for violating environmental regulations…Many of these companies are making important strides to reduce their environmental footprints…But…they are acting in response to consumer pressure…The good news is that this empowers consumers to vote with their dollars…

[article also mentions Apple, Microsoft, General Mills, Google]

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Related companies: Alphabet Apple Duke Energy General Electric General Mills Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft Nestlé