Trump Says US "Could Conceivably" Rejoin Paris Climate Accord

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Africans woke up on Friday Jan. 12 2018

Trump Says US "Could Conceivably" Rejoin Paris Climate Accord

The US has appeared to be so far globally isolated on this issue, but Trump strongly defended his decision.

Although Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg leads her country's Conservative Party and is probably more politically simpatico to Donald Trump than most European leaders, she is-like virtually all heads of government in Western Europe-lock-step in the belief climate change is real and must be combated.

"Frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed because, as usual, they made a bad deal".

The President - who has been a vocal champion of the U.S. fossil fuel industries as well as frequently voicing climate change scepticism - said the Paris Agreement signalled a "tremendous penalty" for using gas, coal and oil energy, suggesting the deal was harsher on USA interests than Russian and China.

"It wasn't a major topic, I must tell you, we talked about other things, including mostly trade", said Trump, who boasted that the U.S. had a trade surplus with Norway.

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When announcing the exit, Trump kept the door open to rejoining the pact "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers". "We make the greatest military equipment in the world and you buy a lot of it". "So we could conceivably go back in". "It took a lot of our asset values".

Trump claimed that the Paris agreement was very unfair to the United States because it imposed penalties and took away many U.S. asset values. French President Emmanuel Macron in December previous year said he was hopeful the USA would return to the accord.Commenting on the treaty, Trump said the accord would have taken away the US' "competitive edge".

The Paris agreement was created within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and has been ratified by 170 countries out of the 197 parties to the convention. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business. We're not gonna let that happen.

According to some estimates, the USA would have had to close businesses in order to qualify by 2025. "I'm not going to let that happen". "In fact, most of your energy-your electricity-is produced by hydro", he told Solberg.

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