US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate accord

US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate accord

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.

The Paris agreement was created within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and has been ratified by 170 countries out of the 197 parties to the convention.

This is not the first time Trump has hinted that the US could rejoin the pact. 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 reiterated that the USA could "conceivably" return to the agreement but he added, "The Paris accord really would have taken away our competitive edge and we're not going to let that happen - I'm not going to let that happen".

According to some estimates, the United States would have had to close businesses in order to qualify by 2025.

"We are not going to let that happen".

"I feel very strongly about the environment, " he said. And we're not going to let that happen. Then he launched into an unclear comparison.

Norway is part of the accord. But you'd never know that if you only took Trump's word for it. Experts say there is nothing in the Paris deal which bans specific types of fuels, nor are there any penalties.Also, the treaty takes a bottom-up approach, with each country making its own commitments towards reducing the release of greenhouse gas.

Trump spoke glowingly of Norway's renewable energy.

"One of the great assets of Norway is a thing called water", Mr Trump said. In fact most of your energy or your electricity is produced by hydro. "I wish we would do some of that".

"Hydropower is fantastic", Trump said.