Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Nick Statt reports at Cnet that at Apple's annual shareholder meeting Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook shot down the suggestion from a conservative, Washington, DC-based think tank that Apple give up on environmental initiatives that don't contribute to the company's bottom line. The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), hasn't taken kindly to Apple's increasing reliance on green energy and said so in a statement issued to Apple ahead of the meeting. "We object to increased government control over company products and operations, and likewise mandatory environmental standards," said NCPPR General Counsel Justin Danhof demanding that the pledge be voted on at the meeting. "This is something [Apple] should be actively fighting, not preparing surrender." Cook responded that there are many things Apple does because they are right and just, and that a return on investment (ROI) was not the primary consideration on such issues. "When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind. I don't consider the bloody ROI," said Cook. "We do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive, We want to leave the world better than we found it." Danhof's proposal was voted down and to any who found the company's environmental dedication either ideologically or economically distasteful, Cook advised "if you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock."
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