Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger and Tesla Inc.'s co-founder and CEO Elon Musk have announced their decision to withdraw from the U.S. advisory council, following U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that he intends to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
"As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal," the Disney chief tweeted.
A few hours earlier, Musk announced his departure from the council, tweeting: "Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world."
Meanwhile, several industry CEOs and executives took to social media to express their disappointment over the Trump administration's decision.
Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook tweeted: "Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver."
In a memo to employees, Cook said he "spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn't enough," Axios reported June 1.
"Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it," Cook said, adding that the development would not impact the company's efforts to protect the environment.
Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: "Disappointed with today's decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all."
Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith also aired his disappointment via Twitter Inc. saying: "We're disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Microsoft remains committed to doing our part to achieve its goals."
Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also criticized the move, calling the withdrawal from Paris climate agreement "bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk.:
He said on Facebook: "Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it's too late."
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called the move an "incredibly shortsighted move backwards by the federal government" in his tweet.