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General Mills wants the U.S. to stick with the Paris Agreement

General Mills is among the dozens of companies calling on President-elect Donald Trump to support the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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General Mills is among the dozens of companies calling on President-elect Donald Trump to support the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which 197 countries signed up for – went into effect on Nov. 4. It's being discussed in more detail at a U.N. summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, that ends on Friday.

But the election of Donald Trump during the summit cast a pall over the discussions, since he previously indicated he would withdraw from the U.N. at the earliest opportunity.

Reuters reports Minnesota companies General Mills, Aveda and Mortenson are among the organizations that signed a statement to President Barack Obama, Trump, U.S. Congress members and global leaders calling on them to back the groundbreaking climate deal.

"Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness," the group said in the statement presented at the U.N. summit.

In a separate statement sent to GoMN, a General Mills spokesman said:

"GeneralMills has long been committed to being part of the solution on climate change. As we did when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, we are reaffirming our commitment to this historic agreement and encourage world leaders to continue driving global collaboration on this important initiative."

Others that have joined the coalition include Starbucks, Kellogg, Patagonia, North Face, IKEA, Staples and more.

Scientific American reports that, if President-elect Trump wants to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, the U.S. would have to stay in it for four years and be subject to its legally-binding commitments.

But the country could exit quicker – in as soon as a year – by taking the U.S. out of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the website notes. In doing so however, Trump could harm relations with world leaders when it comes to future discussions about things "higher on his to-do list."

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