Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges U.S. President to Stay in Paris Climate Pact

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amid rumors suggesting U.S. President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, multiple tech CEOs have been urging him not to do so, reports Bloomberg.

    On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook called the White House to ask the president not to abandon the agreement, which is a 195-nation pact committed to cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions and reducing global warming. Under the terms of the pact, the United States commits to reducing carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent over the course of the next decade.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Executive Tech Summit at Trump Tower in December of 2016​

    Trump, who said he opposes "draconian climate rules" during his presidential campaign, announced this morning that he would make his decision on the accord "over the next few days." Officials who spoke to the New York Times said a decision has not yet been made, but Trump is expected to withdraw on the grounds that the accord would harm the economy and impact job creation in areas like Appalachia and the West.

    Over the course of the last several years, Apple has become increasingly committed to reducing its environmental impact and running its business on 100 percent renewable energy. Most recently, Apple announced plans to pursue a closed-loop supply chain where its products would be built entirely from recyclable materials.


    Along with Cook, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has asked Trump not to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord. In a tweet, Musk said he's done all he can to influence Trump's decision, and in a followup tweet, Musk said he would leave the White House advisory councils he participates in should Trump choose to leave the accord.

    Many other White House officials and companies are attempting to persuade Trump before he makes a final decision. In early May, CEOs from 30 companies sent an open letter pointing out the potential for negative trade implications should the U.S. exit the Paris agreement, and on Thursday, 25 major companies, including Intel, Apple, Google, Microsoft, will publish a full-page pro-accord letter in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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  2. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    In other news, Apple customers urge Tim Cook to focus on Apple.
  3. filmantopia, May 31, 2017
    Last edited: May 31, 2017

    filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    This is an unquestionably good thing for Cook to do. The reality of climate change will affect us all.

    Apple is more than the products they build-- they're a model for how organizations should function. It's not just about the bottom line... it's how they're contributing to humanity and the world at large. But the fact is that having that vision will attract people to your products, and contribute to your bottom line, because they stand behind your philosophy.

    We need to think about how we solve problems as a collective, and not just for ourselves.
  4. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Stay out of politics Tim and worry about the keynote next week.
  5. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816


    Aug 25, 2004
    Glendale, California, USA
    Well - this is problematic. We could see increased device costs if nations choose to pursue punishment.
  6. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    Withdrawing from the agreement despite the settled scientific consensus is very unfortunate and will potentially have very bad consequences for future generations.

    It will be one of those moments in history that we look back on and ask "What were they thinking??"
  7. slimothy Suspended


    May 31, 2011
    Get out. @Potus and @TimCook

    Trump needs to do what he needs to do (not stay in the pact) and Tim Cook needs to focus on next week's keynote and less on the president. Smfh.
  8. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816


    Aug 25, 2004
    Glendale, California, USA
    The environment isn't political. We all live in it.

    Apple is pursuing a way to avoid increasing costs of scarcity of natural resources by reclaiming items from eWaste/consumer discards.

    Apple's costs could rise, so ultimately Tim is showing his concern for Apple as well.
  9. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    He doesn't have to stay out of politics. He's a US citizen and can say whatever he wants. And since he's the head of one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, what he says is newsworthy.
  10. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    You know what really harms the economy? When our planet is so screwed up that we no longer care about money and are just trying to survive.
  11. magicschoolbus macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2014
    All part of shipping MORE of our jobs to China, India, etc.

    Lets get out and stay out. Regulations are killing this country. No surprise the large companies want to stay in - more protection for them through regulation!

  12. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    This is a very incoherent explanation, even by the standards of Trumpsters.
  13. magicschoolbus macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2014
    Democratic party at its weakest point since the 30's.

    Sorry, nobody is listening to you.
  14. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    So did Musk.

    The US isn't the REAL problem with emissions. It could improve, sure, but the real emitters right now are developing nations who feel like G8 countries are forcing the punishment for their high polluting early development history on them. Paris was an important symbolic gesture for countries to say "This is ALL of our problem and we all share the burden and the consequences EQUALLY" that acknowledged (a little) that developing nations shouldn't have to shoulder the financial burden of low-emission industrial growth (which is more expensive) alone.

    The US pulling out is a slap in the face to major growing industrial trade partners who didn't industrialize in the 1800s and 1900s like China, India, parts of South America, and Asia.
  15. IronWaffle, May 31, 2017
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    IronWaffle macrumors 6502


    If we must have a billionaire in power, I'd rather it be one who is intelligent, thoughtful, well-read, with a long history of handling complex negotiations that successfully steered a complicated multinational corporation through rough times without sinking it while keeping one eye on profit/product/internal corporate needs and the other on the world in which that corporation exists rather than a once-real estate developer, TV show host, licenser of his gold-plated name and inarticulate Twitter addict with no scope outside his own shockingly narrow and shallow field of view.
  16. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    He looks so happy to be there in the photo. My god, make products that WOW us and stay the (blank) out of politics
  17. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Yeah right, because it costs them soooooo much to build their new products. And it's not like they have hundreds of billions of dollars in cash just sitting there. :rolleyes:
  18. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Typical corporate greed of Tim Cook and others, looking out only for their own self interests. Just wanting to make sure they'll still have customers who continue to live and breathe and so forth.
  19. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Why don't you stay out of his business
  20. a.gomez macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2008
  21. mozumder, May 31, 2017
    Last edited: May 31, 2017

    mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    The only people complaining about this are Republicans.

    Apple has a responsibility to the world on climate. Republicans have to deal with that fact.
  22. LinusR macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
    Exactly this attitude left the US in the mess it is in right now. "He's got to do what he's got to do" is not a very convincing motto.
    (Just for the record: Could you explain why he has to withdraw from the climate deal?)
  23. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    What do you do for a living? What ever it is, go do that and stay out of this. Or is the fact that he's the head of a large company mean he's entitled to less freedoms then you?
  24. sirozha macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    Let's find out if Apple and Tesla are getting government subsidies to reduce their carbon footprint. If they do, why should they? If they don't, why do they care if Trump is withdrawing from the Treaty? They can continue doing what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint whether the US is in the Treaty or outside the Treaty.
  25. shk718 macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2007
    why should Tim Cook not be involved in this? He makes and uses products that impact the environment. The moronic decisions by this moronic president impact Apple.

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