Trump wants USA to re-join Paris climate agreement

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

Speaking to a room full of reporters alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump was reminded of Norway's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement - which he famously called a "bad deal for America" and led him to withdraw the United States from the Agreement back in June of 2017 - and asked "What could persuade you to remain?"

"The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we are not going to let that happen", Trump said.

"It put great penalties on us".

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.

In response, Solberg noted that Norway is "already number two in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after the terms of per capita defense spending". "It took away a lot of our asset values". "We are a country rich in gas and coal and oil". It hurt our businesses.

He noted that other nations - China, for instance - would have until 2030 to abide by the Paris conditions. "I feel very strongly about the environment", he said, adding that the United States wants "to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete".

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"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".

I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, and I believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket!

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

The president emphasised that he is not going to let the Paris agreement to deny the USA competitive edge.

"We are not going to let that happen. And I believe Norway will get there quite soon", he added.

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