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Business and world Leaders react to Trump’s Paris Accord decision



Political Editor – LeNora Millen

Business leaders expressed disappointment and criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. IBM, ExxonMobil, and Amazon support the accord, and both Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney’s Bob Iger said they will leave Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council because of the decision.

Leaders within their respective industries in one last ditch to convince Trump to honor the Paris climate agreement warned that that pulling out of the accord would negatively impact jobs and investments.

Business leaders also raised concerns about the impact on markets for products that can help cut greenhouse gas emissions.  A primary concern by leaders—countries remaining in the accord could impose retaliatory tariffs on American goods.

The opinions of leaders of large U.S. Corporation’s contrasts with Trump’s statements saying the agreement’s restrictions would hurt American jobs and businesses.

“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” according to Trump, adding later, “I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America’s interests.”

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord prompted business leaders to forge ahead with investments in emissions-reducing technologies.  Some were saying they foresee a steady growth in demand despite the current White House administration’s lack of support.

Leading U.S. companies including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Intel placed an advertisement in US newspapers on Thursday with an open letter to President Trump urging him to remain in the Paris agreement.

Leaders at the major companies outlined reasons for urging Trump to honor the Paris agreement, which they said helped to generate jobs and economic growth by expanding the markets for innovative environmentally friendly technologies.

The business leaders warned that Trump’s withdrawal created limited US access to designated markets. Stephen Harper, global director of environment and energy policy at Intel, said:

“We operate in a global economy, and if we’re not part of the global agreement on climate we are susceptible to retaliation through border taxes and other measures.”

David MacLennan, chief executive of Minnesota-based Cargill, the world’s leading agricultural commodities trader, said:

“Signing the accord means being a champion for US economic growth and job creation.”  “The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement according to MacLennan would negatively impact trade, economic vitality, the state of our environment and relationships among the world community.”

Elon Musk, chief executive of electric car, batteries and solar power group Tesla, tweeted on Wednesday that he would “have no choice” but to quit his role in two advisory councils to Mr. Trump if the president were to pull the US out of the agreement.

Calls from other leading American companies including General Electric and ExxonMobile urged Trump to keep the U.S. in the accord.

Tim Cook, Apple chief executive, contacted Trump on Tuesday with the goal of persuading him not to abandon the agreement.

The issue of climate change and the Paris Accord agreement have divided some American businesses.  The National Mining Association — whose members include coal producers Arch Coal and Peabody Energy, and the equipment manufacturers Caterpillar and Komatsu — wrote to President Trump last month to confirm their support for withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris accord.

Hal Quinn, the NMA’s president, wrote that the U.S. supported innovation, job growth, and environmental responsibility, “but we cannot do so within the boundaries of an agreement that puts American interests behind the interests of others, harming US jobs and the economy.

Business and World Leaders Reaction

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla:

Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs:

Jeff Immelt, chief executive of GE:

 Marc Benioff, chief executive of Salesforce:

 Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google:

John Kerry, former US secretary of state: “The president was not truthful with the American people today, and the president who talked about putting America first has now put America last . . . He’s made us an environmental pariah in the world, and I think it is one of the most self-destructive moves I have ever seen by any president in my lifetime.”

Joint statements from Emmanuel Macron, president of France, Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, and Paolo Gentiloni, Italian prime minister:

“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies.”

Theresa May, UK prime minister: (via a Downing Street statement) “President Trump called the Prime Minister this evening to discuss his decision . . . The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement, as she set out recently at the G7. She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses.”

Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico:

(Translated from Spanish): Mexico maintains its support and commitment to the Paris agreement to stop the effects of global climate change.

Cory Booker, the Democratic senator from New Jersey:       

 Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook:

“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk . . . Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it’s too late.”

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DaVita Certified as Freedom-Centered Workplace by WorldBlu.



This is the 11th Consecutive Year the company has been recognized on the list, formerly known as “most democratic”workplaces.

DaVita Kidney Care a division from DaVita Inc.leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, announced on 12th April that the company has been certified as a Freedom-Centered Workplace by WorldBlu.

It’s very interesting the fact that in every respect, down to long-established financial and benefits-related practices, DaVita operates less as a company and more as a Village, valuing the voice of its teammates in many instances and decision making.

DaVita also emphasizes collaboration and teamwork to deliver optimal patient outcomes.

DaVita has been recognized as a clinical leader in two reports from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services – CMS – Five-Star Quality Rating Program and the Quality Incentive Program.

WorldBlu’s procedure in electing Organizations is by providing an Assessment to Teammates in the Organization as the first step of the Procedure.

In order to be eligible for a spot on the Worldblu List of Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces™ is after the completion from the Assessment Test by the Teammates, a survey evaluating their practice based on the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy™ is given to the Teammates.

The Assessment was developed on a decade of research into what makes a successful freedom-centered company.

Organizations from the for-profit and non-profit sectors that have been in operation for at least one full year and have five or more employees can apply for the certification.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,510 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 198,000 patients. The Company also operated 237 Outpatient Dialysis centers located in 11 Countries outside the United States.

DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world.

DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world.

Visit DaVita at for more information.

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The Old You VS. The New You



The old you is not qualified to take you to your new destination… 

I remember those nights sleeping in the car and sleeping in the dark hallways of projects buildings. I remember I could’ve gone to my Mom’s house at any point.  I could have knocked on the door and she would have let me in. But I would have had to admit that I had made mistakes.  And I would have had to live by her rules. So because of that, I was out on the streets. I was eating terrible food.  I would eat cups noodles daily, I would cut up Slim-Jims and add them in. That would be my protein. I just didn’t want to follow the rules, and follow the process.

The old me didn’t understand that great processes are what built great empires. The old me didn’t recognize that I was already following a process, a unsuccessful one. I can go on and on about the gaps that were stopping the old me from moving forward. By me taking the time that was needed to understand how these gaps were negatively impacting my life I was able to make the necessary adjustments and give birth to the New Me. This is not something that you only do one time and be done. You will have to create a New You for every new level that you wish to dominate.

Take some time to sit down and identify the gaps in your life that are holding you back from creating the new you and dominating a new level.

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Let’s Be Honest



You must believe that the person in the mirror controls your future.


You’re in the hunt to achieve something, and that’s great! I want you to think about how you felt when you first came up with the idea: you were excited and your body was “on fire” with anticipation! You’ve got to get that feeling back. When that feeling goes away, that means that you’re “fire is going out”. When that happens, you need to find something to rekindle that fire. You have to refuel your body when it feels hungry or tired. You have to refuel your car when the gas tank approaches empty, it’s the same with your goals. When you realize this, you’ll try to keep the (goal) tank as close to full as possible. Find a way to stay self-motivated when chasing your goals. When you find a way to do this, your life accelerates, your goals come closer and you’ll find the energy to overcome obstacles and setbacks.

It is so easy for us to be honest about what other people should be doing with their lives, whether it’s about family, business, or personal matters. We take our time to think it over and give them our two cents whether they want it or not, and we even say, “I’m just being honest.” It’s not so easy to be honest with ourselves, so we just figure out a way to justify every situation in our favor. When I started to be honest with myself about everything in my life—such as being a high school dropout, a drug dealer, homeless, disrespectful to my mother and my community, etc.—I was able to make the necessary changes to keep my fire lit. 

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