With all signs pointing toward Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a coalition of some of the largest and most well-known corporations on Earth banded together to make a last ditch plea for sanity from the president.
Signed by companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, the open letter, published late Wednesday, implores the president to “keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change,” citing both the “business risks and business opportunities” inherent in climate change.
“Continued U.S. participation in the agreement benefits U.S. businesses and the U.S. economy in many ways,” the letter reads, before going on to offer three examples designed to appeal to someone whose sole claim to the presidency is his (dubiously) successful record as a businessman:
- Strengthening Competitiveness: By requiring action by developed and developing countries alike, the agreement ensures a more balanced global effort, reducing the risk of competitive imbalances for U.S. companies.
- Creating Jobs, Markets and Growth: By expanding markets for innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and economic growth. U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets. Withdrawing from the agreement will limit our access to them and could expose us to retaliatory measures.
- Reducing Business Risks: By strengthening global action over time, the agreement will reduce future climate impacts, including damage to business facilities and operations, declining agricultural productivity and water supplies, and disruption of global supply chains.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has also threatened to quit his role on the president’s advisory council should Trump pull the U.S. out of climate agreement.
Trump has been teasing his decision with a series of cryptic tweets promising an announcement on Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday, White House sources told Axios the President would, in fact, pull the United States out of the accord, making it one of just three countries, along with Syria and Nicaragua, not to take part in the massive multinational agreement.
“U.S. business is best served by a stable and practical framework facilitating an effective and balanced global response,” the letter—sponsored by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in cooperation with Ceres— concludes.
“The Paris Agreement provides such a framework. As other countries invest in advanced technologies and move forward with the Paris Agreement, we believe the United States can best exercise global leadership and advance U.S. interests by remaining a full partner in this vital global effort.”
Although a speech about the withdrawal has reportedly been drafted, Trump aides told Axios that because of the president’s, uh, inconsistent record, they’ll believe it when they see it this afternoon.