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April 15, 2021

Saint-Gobain, Dell sign letter urging US climate action

Photo | Grant Welker Saint-Gobain's Worcester facility

Two corporations with major presences in Central Massachusetts, the manufacturer Saint-Gobain and the tech company Dell Technologies, are among 310 businesses that signed a letter to President Joe Biden urging the United States to take more action to tackle climate change.

The letter, issued Tuesday, urges the U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions to at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. That ambitious target is needed for what the group said was a zero-emissions future and a strong economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

"We join the majority of Americans in thanking you for re-entering the U.S into the Paris Agreement and for making climate action a vital pillar of your presidency," the letter says. "To restore the standing of the U.S. as a global leader, we need to address the climate crisis at the pace and scale it demands."

Saint-Gobain, a French manufacturing giant, has, through its purchase of Norton Abrasives in 1990, sites in Worcester, Millbury and Northborough. Dell bought Hopkinton data storage company EMC Corp. in 2016.

Other Massachusetts businesses that added their name include the Boston Consulting Group, General Electric and Mass General Brigham, all Boston-based, and Biogen, which is based in Cambridge. Some of the biggest corporations and investors with a presence in the United States signed on: Apple, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Mastercard, McDonald's, Nestle, Nike, Starbucks, Verizon and Walmart.

Dell also signed onto a letter from major corporations standing in support of equal voting rights, as Georgia and other states move to restrict some voting measures. That letter, which called the proposals discriminatory, was also signed by Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Boston Consulting Group, Facebook, Ford, General Motors, Salesforce, Starbucks and others.

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