In a letter appearing this week in full-page newspaper ads, major companies are urging President Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change for the good of the US economy.
‘By expanding markets for innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and economic growth’, the letter says. ‘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.’
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$3.2 trillion clout
Companies signing the letter include Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Gap, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel Corporation, Levi Strauss & Co., Mars Incorporated, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, National Grid, Tiffany and Co. and Unilever.
The companies are among the top US tech, power, retail, health, consumer goods, manufacturing and financial services companies, with a combined value of over $3.2 trillion.
The full-page ad in The New York Times on Monday (08 May) is part of a six-figure ad campaign in the Times, The Wall Street Journal and New York Post.
The campaign is sponsored by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in cooperation with the sustainability nonprofit Ceres.