Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump says US could 'go back in' Paris Agreement

Trump says US could 'go back in' Paris Agreement

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.

Speaking to a room full of reporters alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump was reminded of Norway's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement - which he famously called a "bad deal for America" and led him to withdraw the United States from the Agreement back in June of 2017 - and asked "What could persuade you to remain?"

In June, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change and made a decision to renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business.

The president's objections to the pact, signed by former President Barack Obama, included "great penalties" placed on the use of "gas and coal and oil and lots of other things", and the potential closing of businesses in order to qualify for the accord. "It took away a lot of our asset values", Trump said.

However, he insisted that Paris Agreement, which the worldwide community signed in 2015 with the aim of combating climate change by limiting global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius, was "a bad deal" and "very unfair" to the US.

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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.

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

Trump insisted that his administration feels very strongly about the environment. "They have tremendous hydro power, tremendous".

"So we could conceivably go back in", Trump said, without expanding on what would have to happen or change. "I'm not going to let it happen".

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