President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the United States is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, which was signed by 195 nations in December 2015.
The Paris agreement was intended to slow climate change by setting limits on carbon emissions and has been widely embraced by the business community.
The tech industry in particular has supported the Paris Agreement, and many of the big tech companies are currently transitioning their giant, energy-guzzling data centers to using completely renewable energy.
After Trump announced his decision on Thursday afternoon, the pushback from the tech industry was swift. Some executives were more measured than others in expressing their dismay, but the tech industry’s biggest voices all made it clear that they viewed Trump’s move as a grave mistake.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Disappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.
A Google representative also said that Google is on track to use 100% renewable energy for its global operations this year.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives