Apple CEO Tim Cook: Trump's Decision to Withdraw From Paris Accord 'Was Wrong for Our Planet'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple CEO Tim Cook this afternoon sent an email to Apple employees expressing his disappointment with U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal.

    In the email, which was shared by BuzzFeed, Cook says that while he tried to persuade Trump to keep the United States in the agreement, "it wasn't enough." Cook goes on to reiterate Apple's commitment to reducing its environmental impact through renewable energy and an eventual closed-loop supply chain.
    Cook, who also shared his disappointment in a tweet, was one of many tech leaders who attempted to persuade Trump not to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement earlier this week, but on Thursday, the president announced that the United States will indeed withdraw from the accord. Since the announcement, tech company CEOs have been speaking out against the decision while pledging to continue to fight climate change.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said leaving the accord "puts our children's future at risk," while Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he was disappointed with the decision. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who said yesterday he had done all he could to advise the president to remain in the accord, made good on a promise to leave the advisory councils he served on.

    Disney CEO Bob Iger also announced that he's resigned from the President's Council following the decision, while Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said the company would double its efforts to fight climate change. Many other major companies, including IBM, GE, Microsoft, and Intel have also spoken out against the move.

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    Article Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook: Trump's Decision to Withdraw From Paris Accord 'Was Wrong for Our Planet'
  2. Sunny1990, Jun 1, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Better focus on "APPLE" and upcoming "WWDC" event Tim!. Give your politics a rest for some time.
  3. Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    Apple has the capital, influence and power to actually fix much of this world.

    But, keep making those watch bands, Tim.
  4. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    I know people say that Tim Cook should stay out of politics. I think Tim Cook should stay in politics. In fact, Cook should stay in politics full-time so that someone else who actually cares about innovation can become the CEO of Apple.
  5. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    Jesus this dude should resign

    We get it Tim you're a proud globalist
  6. Rustus Maximus macrumors 6502

    Rustus Maximus

    Jan 15, 2003
    Apple CEO Tim Cook: My decision to withdraw from making decent computers 'was wrong for our company'

    If only...
  7. Swift macrumors 68000


    Feb 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    This is the saddest day in American politics since the assassination of MLK. If you don't think that, I doubt your sanity.
  8. fyun89 macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2014
    Give your opinion on someone else's freedom to participate politics a rest
  9. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Actually 16gb of RAM limit was pretty close.
  10. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Why don't Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Bob Iger just bankroll the entire thing themselves then....
  11. RiddlaBronc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013
    Mcallen Tx
    Great move by Trump. Now lets go after those epa nazis and their ridiculous demands for our automakers.
  12. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2005
    All these CEOs should have encouraged Obama to push this to the senate. That is how our country does treaties. Any treaty one man does is undone by one man (or woman). Obama decided he should do this on his own without turning it over to the senate, so he made certain that any president that wanted to could withdraw. So here we are.
  13. horsebattery macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
  14. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    "He has to no right to say his opinion"! People would say. Even though he invest in clean energy and as a American citizen he has the right to voice his opinion.
  15. trifid macrumors 65816


    May 10, 2011
    Give credit where credit is due, despite all the well deserved criticism Apple has gotten in the past few years, I applaud Tim Cook here for the effort at least, thank you.
  16. Works4Me macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2007
    While I may not disagree with Cook's take on the Paris Accord, I do think he's being hypocritical by making computers that get harder and harder to repair and are impossible to upgrade (and thus extend their useful life), but criticizing others for not being green. And yes, I know about all of Apple's green initiatives....
  17. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Such a myopic point of view.

    Think about the future of this planet and of all that live in it.

    Focusing on the short term will not help anyone out in the long term.
  18. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Good news is it takes a long time to get out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and the final step is after the next election.

    Countries can't withdraw until three years after the Paris Agreement went into effect.
    The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016; so this means the US would have to stay with it until November 2019. After that, the rules mandate a one-year notice period, which would mean a withdrawal in late 2020; after the next presidential election on November 3, 2020.

    Today, the Paris Climate Agreement is polling at over 70% in favor with voters (indicating Republicans are split on it, with Democrats and Independents strongly in favor), and well over 50% in favor among the whole US population. This will be a campaign issue in 2020, and Trump has set himself and his party up to be on the wrong side of it.
  19. gertruded macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Northwestern Illinois
    A very sad day for our beautiful country and the world. May people will needlessly suffer as a result of this irrational action by president Trump. Many people will suffer.

    In many ways I am glad that I am near 80 and will not live to see the troubled times to come, but my grandchildren and my great grandchildren will. Very sad.
  20. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    It's disgraceful that this issue is even considered "politics," that some are so wilfully blind as to think the long term well being of our species and our planet is just another issue that can be debated back and forth and used as a political cudgel, as if the science isn't clear and the dangers aren't real.

    It's a true embarrassment that not everyone is behind doing anything and everything we can do, as the richest and most powerful nation in the world. Even more shameful is how Paris was just a tiny first step, and we couldn't even make that.
  21. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2007
    New England
    So what are you really saying? That everyone should feel the way you do? See things the way you do?
  22. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    How is getting good gas mileage a bad thing?
  23. LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    trump is right. we don't know who is actually getting $400 billion dollars. thats too much money. its time to stop American citizens from paying for everything
  24. pavelbure macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2007
    The decision to make computers that are almost impossible to fix or work on is wrong for our planet....... oh wait.
  25. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
    Interesting how many "stay off my lawn comments" on here.... I'm okay with Apple fighting for the environment even if it means politics. I doubt Tim is on the "design floor" or coming up with any new ideas, or coding in between these political statements. He is a figurehead, one who presides over a company who very publicly states that their ideology is the exact opposite of the current administration. By the way, Lisa Jackson's job is to comment on these matters, and she is in the news more often than Tim on climate matters. And Tim is her boss just like he is the boss of the lowly Apple Store employee. Should he not comment on anything other than CEO stuff like emails, paper shredders, memo and TPS reports?

    Nobody else seems to give a **** about thinking towards the future, I say good on Cook, musk, zuckerberg and others.

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