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Trump hints United States could return to Paris climate accord

14 January 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his decision regarding the United States' participation in the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg noted that many Norwegians drive USA -made Tesla electric cars and said her country saw "tremendous economic and business opportunities" as nations around the world fight climate change.

Trump's comments about hydropower came after a reporter asked him about his decision to pull the US from Paris Climate Accord last summer, claiming it was unfair to the country.

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Trump hints United States could return to Paris climate accord

"We could conceivably go back in", Trump added unexpectedly.

"It put great penalties on us", he said about the agreement.

The treaty included promises made by the USA - by Trump's predecessor Obama - but there will be no legal consequences if they are not kept.

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Last June, Trump angered worldwide businesses and politicians by announcing the U.S. would be leaving the global climate accord, which was signed by the Obama administration and counts every nation on earth as a signatory until the United States formally quits the deal in 2020. "But I had a problem with the agreement that they signed".

"The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

"It took away a lot of our asset values", he explained. While the Scandinavian country remains a major exporter of oil and gas, the Norwegian government was among the first to sign on to the landmark Paris climate deal, pledging to meet a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. "Our 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.

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"We are very strong on the environment", the president continued. "I wish we would do some of that".

The president emphasised that he is not going to let the Paris agreement deny the USA competitive edge. "I'm not gonna let that happen", he said.

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Trump hints United States could return to Paris climate accord