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HYPOCRISY: Apple Among Businesses Urging Trump to Stick with Paris Agreement

Apple is among the 25 companies pressuring Trump to stick with Paris Climate Agreement, but they have a messy environmental past of their own…

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Twenty-five large-scale businesses are writing a letter to President Trump, urging he stick with the Paris Climate Agreement, and they’re placing it in a spot where plenty of folks are bound to see it:

Twenty-five U.S. companies have signed a letter that will appear in full-page ads in the Thursday editions of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Post, exhorting the President not to exit the Paris Agreement, as he teased he might do in a tweet Wednesday and promised to do on the campaign trail. 

The companies include Apple, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Facebook, Google, Levi Strauss & Co, National Grid, PG&E, and Unilever.

Apple CEO Tim Cook even reportedly called the White House on Wednesday to “talk Trump off the Paris ledge.”

It is, of course, their right to do so, but Apple in particular has a spotty environmental record. In 2011, for example, Apple ranked last in Greenpeace’s “Guide to Greener Electronics” due to its “reliance on coal to power its servers.”

In 2013, Apple polluted a river in China so badly that it turned “milk-white.” They’re accused of “trashing tropical forests and coral reefs in Indonesia.”

In 2014, the nonprofit group Friends of the Earth pleaded with Apple to develop a plan that would “reign in the human and environmental toll of destructive tin mining in Indonesia and elsewhere.”

And in 2016, Apple agreed to pay a $450,000 settlement to the California Environmental Protection Agency for claims it mishandled hazardous electronic waste.

To be sure, Apple has no problems throwing stones at the Trump administration, but when it comes to their own environmental record, they are far from squeaky clean.