US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate accord: President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Jan. 10 2018

US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate accord: President Donald Trump

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE said Wednesday that he might reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

But the process of leaving the accord is long and complex, and Trump's comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier United States emissions targets. Norway, rich in Arctic oil and gas reserves, was the first developed nation to ratify the global agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

"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.

The exchange over the environment - and Solberg's efforts to make the business case for fighting climate change - stood out as the two leaders bonded over economic ties and military might. We "want to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete".

"Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend", Trump says. "Norway has tremendous hydro power". In fact most of your energy or your electricity is produced by hydro. While he has "no problem" with the accord itself, he felt the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration treated the USA unfairly, he said.

President Donald Trump looks to Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg as she speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Jan. 10 2018

"I wish we'd do some of that", he remarked-possibly uninformed that the USA, too, harbors sizable hydropower resources, which produced 267.8 TWh, or about 7% of the nation's total generation, in 2016.

In the year since coming to office, Trump's administration has worked to ease environmental legislation, which industry considers a burden on growth.

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

In the end, should we believe Donald Trump actually believes the United States "could conceivably go back" to the Paris Climate Agreement? No.

Michael Bloomberg, the businessman, has pledged alongside some governors to fight Trump's departure from the Paris climate change at a local level.

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