The campaign's participants, which also include hundreds of 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.
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.
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.