Two CEOs on President Trump’s business advisory council dropped out while other notable business leaders rebuked the White House’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement on Thursday.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the first to leave the council after issuing an ultimatum a day earlier about the Paris agreement.
“Am departing presidential councils,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
Disney CEO Robert Iger also resigned in a tweet hours later.
“As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal,” Iger wrote.
Other notable CEOs who are not on the Trump’s advisory council also weighed in on the climate agreement decision.
“Disappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai posted to social media.
“Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet,” Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted. “Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.”
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff tweeted out a letter signed by other companies — including Facebook, Levi Strauss, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley — Wednesday, urging Trump to remain in the Paris agreement.
“Dear President Trump, as some of the largest companies based or operationg in the United States, we strongly urge you to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change,” the letter read.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, in his first tweet ever, also ripped the President’s decision calling it “a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world.”
“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk,”Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said.
Those on President’s business advisory council include: Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman; General Motors CEO Mary Barra; J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon; WalMart CEO Doug McMillon; IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and others.