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The Oregonian: Intel, Nike, PGE, Portland State, U of O and more pledge to back Paris climate agreement
Author: The Oregonian Staff and Wire Reports
Posted: June 6, 2017

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Some of Oregon's largest employers, universities and local governments have joined an effort to support the Paris climate agreement as part of a public campaign announced Monday.

Dubbed "We Are Still In," the launch of the initiative comes just days after President Donald Trump said the United States would withdraw from the international accord, stunning much of the world and breaking with a broad host of industry executives who supported the deal.

The campaign's participants, which include hundreds of businesses, investors, universities, local officials and state governments, have pledged to support the Paris accord and "pursue ambitious climate goals," according to an open letter the campaign released.

Signatories include Intel, Oregon's largest private employer, and Nike, the largest company headquartered inside the state. Others pledging their support include:

  • The state of Oregon
  • Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
  • Portland State University
  • The University of Oregon
  • Portland Community College
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Portland General Electric

The group also took aim at Trump, saying his decision "damages the world's ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change." The business leaders and officials described Trump's move as "out of step with what is happening in the United States."

The campaign on climate is the latest example of some of the biggest players in Silicon Valley opposing Trump's key policies. The president's travel ban and ongoing litigation surrounding his immigration orders have also sparked widespread condemnation from the tech industry.

After the president revealed last week that he intends to exit the agreement, several high-profile business leaders said they would end their advisory roles with Trump, in protest.

Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk and Disney chief executive Robert Iger said last week that they would no longer serve on the president's economic advisory council. Executives from Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google also swiftly criticized Trump's decision after his announcement.

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich said he will continue to serve on Trump's American Manufacturing Jobs Initiative.

"It is the administration of our country. We need to engage," Brian Krzanich told CNBC, shortly before Trump formally announced his decision on climate change. "And what I'll do is I'll spend time in there talking about what are we going to do, how do we get back in?"

Dozens of states last week said they would forge ahead with their climate policies and their aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in response to the president's move. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D, also unveiled the largest renewable energy investment by any state, a $1.65 billion plan to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.