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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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Apple Pledges $350 billion Investment in US economy Over Next Five Years



Apple is about to give the U.S. economy a huge boost in the form of a $350 billion five-year investment. As part of that, it will commit $55 billion this year alone and plans on adding 20,000 new jobs over that time frame. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, it also plans to add a new campus somewhere in the U.S. this year.

There is a lot of news here. Let’s start with the big-picture investment of $350 billion, which Apple says does not include ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages or the sale of Apple products.

It will, however, involve taxes on repatriation of some of Apple’s cash reserves, which are currently in the $256 billion range. It anticipates $38 billion coming from repatriation taxes, but much of it will be capital expenditures on the part of the company.

For starters, there will be $30 billion, which will help fund a number of projects, including building the aforementioned new campus. The plan is for this to initially house technical support for customers. Apple says it will announce the location of this new facility later this year, with a plan to make the building run on 100 percent renewable energy sources.

But wait, it’s not done yet. It will also invest $10 billion of that money in new data centers in the U.S., adding to the seven already in operation or planned. There is a new one coming in Iowa and they broke ground on one in Reno just today, in addition to data centers already in operation in North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. (This number includes co-location facilities not owned and operated by Apple.)

Apple announced that it planned several investments that will contribute more than $350 billion to the United States economy over the next five years. (Photo/NationalTurk).

The company also plans to expand the advanced manufacturing fund it started last spring, from $1 billion to $5 billion. The idea is to bring advanced manufacturing jobs to the heartland and it is already funding projects in Kentucky and rural Texas.

Finally, Apple plans to expand its coding initiatives, helping students and teachers from K-12 and at community colleges across the country learn valuable coding skills.

While there is clearly a large public relations element to this announcement, the amount of money and investment involved from a private company here is just staggering and should help create new jobs, stimulate local economies and help educate students for the next generation of jobs. Hard not to like that.


Source:  Techcrunch

@LeNoraMillen      0-18-18

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Amazon Reveals ‘20 Cities’ That Could Be The Home Of Its Next Headquarters



Amazon has revealed 20 cities that could be the next home of its second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2.

The candidates, selected out of 238 applicants, will move to the next round of Amazon’s selection process, the company said Thursday. Amazon will make a final decision on the site of its next headquarters this year.

The list of candidates includes Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Washington, DC, and Columbus, Ohio.

Amazon said it will work with each city to “dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community.”

Amazon has promised a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs to the city that wins its selection process.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, head of public policy for Amazon. “Through this process, we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Here are all the potential candidates:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington DC


Source: Business Insider

@LeNoraMillen     01-18-18

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Former Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson’s 40-arce Marijuana Ranch

Former Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson’s 40-arce Marijuana Ranch

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Former Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson's 40-arce Marijuana Ranch


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Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, and his two business partners plan to open a 40-acre marijuana ranch 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. According to Tyson Ranch will allow growers to cultivate their crop and there will also be a cultivation school to help growers get the most out of their strains.

The operating company, Tyson Holistic, will employ mainly veterans and bring much needed jobs to the city it’s in.


#MustWeed Mike Tyson Preparing to Revolutionize Marijuana Industry, Breaks G… #Cannabis #Stocks & #Crypto

Tyson is a long time believer in the medicinal benefits of marijuana use and with California legalizing recreational use of the plant, his plans to open the ranch are free to move full steam ahead.v

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