Climate change: Trump says U.S. 'could conceivably' rejoin Paris deal


President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the US could "conceivably go back in" the Paris climate agreement if a fairer deal was reached, though he gave no concrete sign that any such deal was being discussed at this stage.

In a press briefing held with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on January 10, President Donald Trump said that USA could "conceivably" re-enter into global climate change mitigation efforts under the Paris accord.

French President Emmanuel Macron in December a year ago said he was hopeful the U.S. would return to the accord.Commenting on the treaty, Trump said the accord would have taken away the US' "competitive edge".

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.

"Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend", Trump says.

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Mr Trump has claimed in the past that the agreement would cost the United States $3tn in lost GDP and 6.5 million jobs - while rival economies like China and India were treated more favourably. 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". 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. "It took away a lot of our asset values", President Trump said. "I feel very strongly about the environment".

"The Paris accord would have taken away our competitive edge".

When announcing the exit, Trump kept the door open to rejoining the pact "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers". And we're not going to let that happen. "I'm not going to let that happen". But he will have to wait until 2019 to formally notify the United Nations of a US exit under the agreement's regulations.

"Hydropower is fantastic", Trump said.

Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States".