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US could 'conceivably' rejoin Paris climate agreement

12 January 2018

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE said Wednesday that he might reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

But Trump also said he has "no problem" with the agreement, "but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because as usual, they made a bad deal".

Standing alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the White House, Mr Trump presented himself as a champion of environmentalism.

Nevertheless, speaking to reporters yesterday, Trump suggested he would still be open to the USA being a part of the climate change accord, but emphasised that as it stands the deal remains "very unfair to the United States".

When he announced previous year the USA withdrawal from the global pact to limit climate change, President Trump left the door open to negotiating "a fair deal" for the U.S.

"One of the great assets of Norway is a thing called water", Trump said.

"It treated the United States very unfairly and frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed", he added.

Moreover, the agreement hurt United States businesses overall and gave advantages to other countries such as China, Trump added.

The Paris agreement's 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 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degree Celsius.

The President - who has been a vocal champion of the United States 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 U.S. interests than Russian and China.

According to some estimates, the USA would have had to close businesses in order to qualify by 2025. "We are very strong on the environment".

"I feel very strongly about the environment", he said. "They have tremendous hydro power". "So we could conceivably go back in".

US could 'conceivably' rejoin Paris climate agreement