US could "go back in" Paris Agreement

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Africans woke up on Friday Jan. 12 2018

US could "go back in" Paris Agreement

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.

Trump is joining with Prime Minister Erna Solberg at a news conference following their meeting at the White House. But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair.

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

"We are not going to let that happen".

As before, Trump made several incorrect statements about the Paris treaty. It put great penalties on us. "It took away a lot of our asset values", Trump said.

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.

There is nothing in the Paris deal which bans specific types of fuels, nor are there any penalties. The agreement is meant to encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit global warming to a manageable level.

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".

Despite being asked, Trump did not specify what changes were needed in the Paris deal to persuade him to keep the U.S. in. We're not gonna let that happen.

Trump said that climate was not discussed at length at the meetings, which included a 15-minute talk between Solberg and Trump, and a one-hour meeting with other officials in the room as well.

Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States". Norway's strict regulations to reach its Paris targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 by 2030 has spurred the use of "environmental friendly and climate friendly technologies".

She did note that green policies can lead to business opportunities, and noted that the United States company Tesla was selling many electric cars in Norway.

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