Nations concluded the Paris climate agreement in 2015. Credit: Chesnot/Getty Maintaining the agreement could also be serious obstacles for the United States as we begin the process of implementing restrictions for the United States, which we have very strongly initiated. It would have been unthinkable if an international agreement could have prevented the United States from conducting its own internal economic affairs, but that is the new reality we face if we do not leave the agreement or negotiate a much better deal. In a June 1, 2017 televised address in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said, “To fulfill my solemn duty to protect the United States and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement,” adding, “Ultimately, the Paris Agreement at the highest level is very unfair to the United States.”  He said that the agreement, if implemented, would cost $3 trillion in GDP and 6.5 million jobs in the United States.  He added that it would “undermine our economy, cripple our workers” and “effectively decapitate our coal industry.”  He said he was open to renegotiating the agreement or negotiating a new agreement, but European and UN leaders said the pact “cannot be renegotiated at the request of one party.”  Trump also criticized the Green Climate Fund and called it a program to redistribute wealth from rich to poor countries.  Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Company, also resigned and said, “In principle, I resigned from the Presidential Council because of the withdrawal of the Paris Agreement.”  “What Obama did at the end of his second term was fundamentally undemocratic to sign a Paris agreement without going to the Senate and Congress and doing it instead via an executive,” said yvo De Boer, former UN climate chief. “We know that the UK and the EU, as well as the UN Secretary-General, are planning an event on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the conclusion of negotiations on the Paris Agreement, where they will try to achieve more ambition,” said Andrew Light. While he is credited with introducing the indictment into the agreement, some have criticized him for failing to implement lasting changes in the climate fight. Climate lawyer David Bookbinder wrote in Vox in 2017 that Obama`s climate change policy only began after his re-election, largely because he was afraid of the political consequences that might follow. But U.S.
participation in the Paris agreement is not yet over. The U.S. could opt for a comeback, and Democratic candidate Joe Biden has promised to reinstate the deal “on the first day” if he wins the election. If it does, the United States could officially resume its role under the Paris agreement in mid-February.