Tim Cook asks Trump to stay in the Paris Agreement

Tim Cook asks Trump to stay in the Paris Agreement

Tim Cook, along with CEOs of other major US companies such as Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella, have signed an open letter inviting the Trump administration to maintain the US under the Agreement from Paris.

The Paris Agreement is an agreement between the member states of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and on financing from the year 2020. The agreement therefore aims to combat climate change, in the goal of containing the increase in global average temperature below the 2C threshold above pre-industrial levels, and limiting this 1.5C increase.

Under the Obama administration, the United States signed the Paris agreement in 2015 with 190 other countries. Now, Trump and his government want to break the deal for a whole series of economic concerns.

Tim Cook and the other CEOs who signed the letter believe that the Paris Agreement could stimulate the economy.

Staying in the Paris Agreement will strengthen our competitiveness in global markets, positioning the US as a guide in developing new technologies to support the transition, provide our workers and communities, and create jobs and businesses built for last in time. The promise of the Paris Agreement is that of a just and prosperous world. We urge the United States to join us to stay in the Agreement.

The letter was prepared by AFL-CIO, the largest union federation in the United States, which represents more than 12.5 million workers in the country.