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

United States could "go back in" Paris Agreement

United States could

Solberg is now visiting the United States to discuss foreign relations between Norway and the USA and it is the third meeting between herself and Trump.

His comments came with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House.

The Paris agreements central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise in this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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.

Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States".

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In June, Trump announced his decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement, making the country the only one that has pulled out of the accord. However, he added: "So we could conceivably go back in". "We are very strong on the environment".

President Donald Trump says the economic ties between the United States and Norway are "robust and growing" and he's pointing to their work in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance to counter security threats. He also stated that the current agreement "took away a lot of [the country's] asset values".

The Agreement required countries create their own climate action plans and restrictions, and the Agreement does not actually contain any formal penalties for nations that fail to meet their own self-imposed targets. The US president emphasized that he is not going to let the Paris agreement to deny the US competitive edge. "China, by 2030-they don't kick in until 2030", he said as an example.

"Norway is combating climate change".

"Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend", Trump told Solberg. "Our EPA (environment protection agency) and our EPA commissioners are very, very powerful, in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete", he said. In fact most of your energy or your electricity is produced by hydro.

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