Trump hints at 'conceivable' U.S. return to Paris Agreement

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

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

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

He also said during the presidential election campaign that he wanted to help USA oil and coal industries.It was not clear from his comments on Wednesday whether he has embarked on any attempt to renegotiate America's terms.


Last June, Trump angered worldwide businesses and politicians by announcing the U.S. would be leaving the global climate accord, which was signed by the Obama administration and counts every nation on earth as a signatory until the United States formally quits the deal in 2020.

Trump seems to have advocated both agreement and disagreement with the Agreement within 15 words, while solidifying for all of us that he really doesn't understand the agreement.

Nevertheless, the United States president spoke as if the country had already left the agreement. "Tremendous", Trump said. "I wish we'd do some of that, but hydropower is fantastic, and it's a great asset that you have".


"So we could conceivably go back in.Mr Trump stressed his administration's commitment to environmental issues, "clean water, clean air", but added "we also want businesses that can compete".

Maybe most baffling was this statement regarding the Paris Climate Agreement: "It treated the United States very unfairly and frankly it's an agreement I have no problem with but I have a problem with the agreement that they signed because as usual they made a bad deal".

The Obama administration promised in the pact to reduce the United States' greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025.


"So we could conceivably go back in", President Trump said, without elaborating or directly answering a reporter's question as to what could persuade the U.S.to stay in the Paris Accord. "I feel very strongly about the environment". In fact, most of (their) energy or electricity is produced by hydro.

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