A Hot and Cold Relationship with the Paris Agreement
The United States, under the leadership of President Obama, was deeply involved in the process of creating the Paris Agreement. The "bring your own goals" structure of the agreement was designed to make it palatable to all the world’s nations. However, the US stance toward the Paris Agreement changed drastically under the Trump administration. In June 2017, not long after he was inaugurated, he announced his intention to withdraw from the agreement. President Trump has made his objections to the agreement clear: to him, it is unfair to the United States and its businesses. He also believes that the previous administration promised too much compared to other nations, particularly China.