Climate change: Trump says United States 'could conceivably' rejoin Paris deal

President Donald Trump hosted a news conference with the Norwegian Prime Minster Erna Solberg

Trump: US could 'conceivably' stay in Paris climate pact

However, he insisted that Paris Agreement, which the worldwide community signed in 2015 with the aim of combating climate change by limiting global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius, was "a bad deal" and "very unfair" to the US.

When he announced last June he was pulling the U.S. out of the accord, Mr Trump said he wanted to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage United States businesses and workers.

"I will say that the Paris Agreement, as drawn and as we signed, was very unfair to the United States".

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. Trump also said he wished the U.S. could use hydropower."One of the great assets of Norway is a thing called water", he said. Almost every other country in the world has signed the agreement. He added that the EPA and its "commissioners"-the EPA is headed by an administrator who has backed withdrawal from the global agreement owing to its impact on jobs-"are very very powerful in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air-but we also want businesses that can compete. It took away a lot of our asset values". "I feel very strongly about the environment".

"It wasn't a major topic, I must tell you, we talked about other things, including mostly trade", said Trump, who boasted that the U.S. had a trade surplus with Norway. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 other countries signed in 2015.

"The Paris Accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen".

This is not the first time Trump has hinted that the US could rejoin the pact.

While Trump announced the exit in June, the accord does not allow nations to submit exit paperwork until November 2019, to be effective in November 2020. We're not gonna let that happen. I wish we would do some of that."But energy experts say hydropower plants generated about 6.5 percent of the electricity the country consumed in 2016.Reports also said that the Trump administration's plan to achieve what it termed "American energy dominance" has foundered amid obstacles of law, economy, technology and political miscalculation.A new report by the Energy Information Administration, a research unit of the Energy Department, projected that utilities were preparing this year to shut down a near-record number of old coal-fired power plants".

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