Trump hints at 'conceivable' USA return to Paris Agreement

The Norwegian flag and fjords

Mr Trump's decision last June would make the USA in effect the only country not to be part of the accord. Erna Solberg, Norway Prime Minister had a meeting with The United State President Donald Trump.

"It treated the United States very unfairly and frankly it's an Agreement I have no problem with but I have a problem with the Agreement that they [the Obama administration] signed because as usual they made a bad deal", said Trump, according to the New York Times. "We are a country rich in gas and coal and oil, and lots of other things, and there was a tremendous penalty for using it", he added. "I feel very strongly about the environment".

For his part, Trump seemed to take steps back from his statement withdrawing the USA from the Paris agreement last summer and hinted that the US might actually rejoin the agreement.

"It put great penalties on us", he said about the agreement. "It took away a lot of our asset values", Trump said.

The Obama administration's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)-a published declaration submitted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)-says the USA intends to achieve an economy-wide target of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% below its 2005 level in 2025.

Erna Solberg in a DW interview with Zhana Nemtsova
Trump hints at 'conceivable' USA return to Paris Agreement

In the year since coming to office, Trump's administration has worked to ease environmental legislation, which industry considers a burden on growth. "So we could conceivably go back in".

"The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen, I'm not going to let this happen", President Trump said. Whereas as an example China, by 2030, they dont kick in until 2030.

Trump said that climate was not discussed at length at the meetings, which included a 15-minute talk between Solberg and Trump, and a one-hour meeting with other officials in the room as well.

He also said during the presidential election campaign that he wanted to help U.S. oil and coal industries.It was not clear from his comments on Wednesday whether he has embarked on any attempt to renegotiate America's terms. "In fact, most of your energy-your electricity-is produced by hydro", he told Solberg.


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