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

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

today said the US could "conceivably" return to the landmark climate agreement but did not indicate any move in that direction. In June, withdrew the US from the Agreement on climate change and decided to renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration. Defending his decision to withdraw from the Agreement on Climate Change, said his primary concern with the climate accord was that it treated the US unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, might be persuaded to rejoin. "The Agreement as drawn and as we signed was very unfair to the It put great penalties on us. It made it very difficult for us to deal in terms of It took away a lot of our asset values," said. "Frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal," told a conference with Norwegian "So we could conceivably go back in," said, stressing his administration's commitment to environmental issues, "clean water, clean air", but added "we also want businesses that can compete". justified his decision to withdraw from the Climate accord, saying there was a "tremendous" penalty for using the country's rich in gas and coal and and that hurt American businesses. The agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise in this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The landmark agreement, which entered into force last November, calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. The US has appeared to be so far globally isolated on this issue, but strongly defended his decision. According to some estimates, the US would have had to close businesses in order to qualify by 2025.

Whereas as an example China, by 2030, they don't kick in until 2030. insisted that his administration feels very strongly about the "I feel very strongly about the Our EPA (protection agency) and our EPA commissioners are very, very powerful, in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete," he said. "The 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," asserted.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 12:35 IST