USA president Donald Trump said that his country could "conceivably" remain party to the Paris climate agreement, after meeting Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday (10 January).
At a press conference with visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, President Trump criticized the deal the US had signed up for in the Paris Agreement.
Trump said the Paris agreement was very unfair to the United States because it imposed penalties and took away many USA asset values.
President Donald Trump says the economic ties between the United States and Norway are "robust and growing" and he's pointing to their work in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance to counter security threats.
The conservative prime minister had said before the meeting that she'd put climate on the agenda in the bilateral talks. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business. "I feel very strongly about the environment". "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 also stated that the current agreement "took away a lot of [the country's] asset values".
The president emphasised that he is not going to let the Paris agreement deny the USA competitive edge.
Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States".
Under Trump, the USA has made successive roll-backs on environmental protections, scrapping the Clean Power Plan, which sought to inch the US away from its use of coal-burning energy, and opening previously protected lands up to mineral exploration.
It aims to keep the increase in average global temperature at below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We're not gonna let that happen. "In fact, most of your energy-your electricity-is produced by hydro", he told Solberg.
French President Emmanuel Macron in December said he would not agree to a renegotiation but was hopeful the United States would return to the accord.