President Trump’s withdrawal from the un-ratified, legally invalid, and environmentally ineffective Paris Climate agreement offered another opportunity for corporate executives, from Silicon Valley and elsewhere, to once again bash America-first-ism and its No. 1 advocate.
The globalist CEOs, already on the record against pro-U.S. Trump policies such as immigration limitation and rights of religious conscience, fired away immediately upon the president’s announcement last week. That the Paris deal required much in the way of U.S. taxpayer funds and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, while India and China coal plants would belch away for years, was irrelevant.
Out front, as is often the case, was Apple’s Tim Cook, who said he called to convince the president to remain in the agreement, but failed. He felt the need to compose a company-wide memo to employees – under the presumption that they all share his political positions – to explain how “he tried.”
“Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it,” Cook wrote in the company-wide email. “I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment.”
There is nothing bold or controversial about saying climate change is “real,” because climate always changes and everybody knows it – even the demonized “deniers” say so. But for the environmental left it’s a cause to constrict the American economy by forcing the reduction of low-cost fossil fuel use, driving up energy prices overall. For Cook, the Paris withdrawal was another opportunity to appease his eco-pressure group pals (like board member Al Gore) by repeating a lie he’s told over and over again about Apple’s electricity usage.
“We power nearly all of our operations with renewable energy, which we believe is an example of something that’s good for our planet and makes good business sense as well…,” Cook told his employees. “Of course, we’re going to keep working with our suppliers to help them do more to power their businesses with clean energy.”
Not to be outdone, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg condemned Trump’s decision while repeating the same lie.
“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk,” Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page. “For our part, we’ve committed that every new data center we build will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it’s too late.”
If Apple, Facebook, and other electricity-hungry corporations with huge data centers (like Amazon and Google) truly only used renewable energy and no fossil fuels or nuclear, they would go out of business, because sources like solar and wind would be too expensive and could never meet the power demand.
But it’s not like the facts should get in the way of a good political bashing by California plutocrats. Others joined in the Trump slam as well:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a Tweet: “Disappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: “We believe climate change is an urgent issue that demands global action. We remain committed to doing our part.”
Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith: “We are disappointed with today’s decision by the White House to withdraw the United States from the landmark, globally supported Paris Agreement on climate change. We believe that continued U.S. participation benefits U.S. businesses and the economy in important and multiple ways….And by strengthening global action over time, the Agreement reduces future climate damage to people and organizations around the world.” (The Paris agreement would have only mitigated an estimated .2 degrees of warming)
Hewlett-Packard in a statement: “Climate change is one of the most significant and urgent issues facing business and society today. The science is clear, the impacts are serious and the need to act is essential.”
Amazon (which also lies about powering data centers with 100 percent renewable energy): “Amazon continues to support the Paris climate agreement and action on climate change. We remain committed to putting our scale and inventive culture to work in ways that are good for the environment and our customers.”
Intel: “Climate change is a real issue, and we firmly believe that the US should continue to participate in the Paris Climate Accord. Withdrawal won’t change our investment in renewable energy, and we will continue to advocate for the U.S. to engage.”
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey: “This is an incredibly shortsighted move backwards by the federal government. We’re all on this planet together and we need to work together.”
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: “We are disappointed by the Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as climate change continues to threaten our planet and global economies.”
At least two high-profile executives announced they would leave Trump’s business advisory panel. Disney CEO Robert Iger wrote in a Tweet, “As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.”
And Elon Musk, whose corporate survival as head of SolarCity, Tesla and SpaceX is dependent on government subsidies and contracts – much of it fraudulently justified by the climate change issue – Tweeted, “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
And finally Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein reportedly was inspired to produce his first-ever Tweet: “Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement”
Obviously Trump Derangement Syndrome can drive some people to do things they’ve never done before.