Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump says fairer deal might coax United States back to Paris climate accord

Trump says fairer deal might coax United States back to Paris climate accord

Trump said the planned US withdrawal from the Paris climate deal "wasn't a major topic" during their discussions and repeated his claim that the climate agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and signed by countries around the globe "treated the United States very unfairly".

"It treated the United States very unfairly", he said.

"Norway is combatting climate change - it's an important issue for us and we are committed to the Paris agreement", Solberg said during a joint news conference with Trump.

"So we could conceivably go back in", President Trump said, without elaborating or directly answering a reporter's question as to what could persuade the stay in the Paris Accord.

"Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend", Trump says.

Nevertheless, the United States president spoke as if the country had already left the agreement.

During the briefing, Trump appeared to stress that his administration is "very strong" on the environment. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business. "It took away a lot of our asset values", President Trump said. "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.

This is not the first time Trump has hinted that the USA could rejoin the pact.

It aims to keep the increase in average global temperature at below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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

"I wish we'd do some of that", he remarked-possibly uninformed that the USA, too, harbors sizable hydropower resources, which produced 267.8 TWh, or about 7% of the nation's total generation, in 2016.

Solberg on her part, said to Norwegian media afterwards that Donald Trump seemed like a normal man with a good sense of humor. "I'm not going to let it happen".

The president emphasised that he is not going to let the Paris agreement deny the US competitive edge.

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