US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could "conceivably" return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signalling any move in that direction.
Defending his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Trump said his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the USA unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin. Almost every other country in the world has signed the agreement.
"We could conceivably go back in", he noted. "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. "It took away a lot of our asset values", Trump said.
He said it "was a bad deal for the US", repeating comments made when he announced the U.S. withdrawal last June.But he said he had no problem with the accord itself.A United States pull-out will make the USA in effect the only country not to be part of the accord.
There is nothing in the Paris deal which bans specific types of fuels, nor are there any penalties. French President Emmanuel Macron in December a year ago said he was hopeful the USA would return to the accord.Commenting on the treaty, Trump said the accord would have taken away the US' "competitive edge".
Trump says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord
The treaty takes a bottom-up approach, with each country making its own commitments towards reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions, and preparing for climate change.
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Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States. It's an important issue for us", Solberg merely said. In fact, most of (their) energy or electricity is produced by hydro.