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Trump: US Could 'Conceivably' Return to Paris Climate Deal

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 05:17 PM

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States could "conceivably go back" to the Paris climate agreement, though remaining with the global pact "really would have taken away our competitive edge."

"Frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with," Trump said at a news conference with Norwegian President Erna Solberg at the White House. "But I had a problem with the agreement that they signed.

"Because, as usual, they made a bad deal."

Trump announced in June that he was pulling the United States from the Paris accord, calling it "less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States."

Former President Barack Obama signed the agreement in 2016 with 195 other nations, which all voluntarily agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.

Norway is part of the accord.

Trump ripped the agreement Wednesday as "very unfair to the United States.

"It put great penalties on us. It made it very difficult for us to deal in terms of business.

"It took away a lot of our asset values," he explained. "We are a country rich in gas and coal and oil.

"There was a tremendous penalty for using it. It hurt our businesses. According to some estimates, we would have had to close businesses in order to qualify by 2025."

He noted that other nations — China, for instance — would have until 2030 to abide by the Paris conditions.

"We are very strong on the environment," the president continued. "I feel very strongly about the environment.

"The EPA and commissioners are very powerful in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air — but we also want businesses that can compete.

"It treated the United States very unfairly," Trump said of the deal. "The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge.

"We are not going to let that happen. I'm not going to let that happen."

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President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States could "conceivably go back" to the Paris climate agreement, though remaining with the global pact "really would have taken away our competitive edge."
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