U.S. could 'conceivably' stay in Paris climate pact

U.S. could 'conceivably' stay in Paris climate pact

President Trump has suggested the U.S. "could conceivably go back in" to the Paris Agreement, despite reiterating his belief the global climate change accord is a "bad deal" for American business.

In a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump reiterated his objections to the pact that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem Tenn.gov to launch Senate bid: report Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation MORE helped negotiate, but said there are circumstances in which he'd stop the exit process he announced last June.

The U.S. pledged to reduce its carbon emissions between 26 and 28 percent by 2025 under the agreement, and Trump has consistently said it is a "bad deal" for Washington.

For his part, Trump seemed to take steps back from his statement withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement last summer and hinted that the USA might actually rejoin the agreement.

He also said during the presidential election campaign that he wanted to help U.S. oil and coal industries. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business. "It took a lot of our asset values".

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Mr Trump, in his latest comments, stressed his administration's commitment to environmental issues, "clean water, clean air", but added "we also want businesses that can compete". While the NDC legally remains in place until 2019, the Trump administration has already stopped implementation, and on June 1, 2017, announced that the USA would pull out of the Paris agreement unless it could identify suitable terms for re-engagement.

It aims to keep the increase in average global temperature at below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen, I'm not going to let this happen", President Trump said. "They have tremendous hydro power, tremendous. I'm not going to let that happen", Trump said. "In fact, most of your energy-your electricity-is produced by hydro", he told Solberg.

Trump's meeting with Solberg was the first foreign leader visit with the president in 2018.

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