Wow! When you have Shell Oil telling you that climate change is real, you’re either having a bad dream, an acid flashback, or the world has gone mad. But that’s exactly what happened recently when twenty-five U.S. companies signed a letter that appeared in full-page ads in the Washington, D.C. editions of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, exhorting the president not to exit the Paris Agreement.
The companies include Apple, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Facebook, Google, Levi Strauss & Co, National Grid, PG&E, and Unilever.
In April, a group of 16 companies including Shell, mining company Rio Tinto, and Walmart signed a letter to Trump, expressing their support for the U.S. to participate in the agreement. And over 1,000 companies since November 2016 have reaffirmed addressing climate change through implementing the Paris Agreement by signing the Business Backs Low-Carbon USA statement.
CEOs — including those from major energy companies — have spoken out in favor of the Paris Agreement, despite estimates that the accord’s pledge to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees annually could cost as much as $4 trillion by the year 2050.
“We believe climate change is real,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told NPR in mid-May. “One of the biggest concerns that I have around climate change is the unpredictability in which governments will go about it.”
One wonders if Trump can ever admit that he is wrong, especially when some of his biggest supporters and contributors are aligned with his biggest adversaries, in saying, “This time, you’ve gone too far.”