Trump said the planned US withdrawal from the Paris climate deal "wasn't a major topic" during their discussions and repeated his claim that the climate agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and signed by countries around the globe "treated the United States very unfairly".
Prime Minister Erna Solberg noted that many Norwegians drive USA -made Tesla electric cars and said her country saw "tremendous economic and business opportunities" as nations around the world fight climate change.
He said he had no problem with agreeing to a climate deal but the Paris accord was "a bad deal".
For his part, Trump seemed to take steps back from his statement withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement last summer and hinted that the USA might actually rejoin the agreement. It put great penalties on us. It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business.
During the briefing, Trump appeared to stress that his administration is "very strong" on the environment. "We are a country rich in gas and coal and oil, and lots of other things, and there was a tremendous penalty for using it". "It took away a lot of our asset values", President Trump said. While the NDC legally remains in place until 2019, the Trump administration has already stopped implementation, and on June 1, 2017, announced that the US would pull out of the Paris agreement unless it could identify suitable terms for re-engagement.
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"I feel very strongly about the environment... but we also want businesses that can compete". We're not gonna let that happen.
"I'm not going to let that happen", he added.
The treaty takes a bottom-up approach, with each country making its own commitments towards reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions, and preparing for climate change. But he will have to wait until 2019 to formally notify the United Nations of a USA exit under the agreement's regulations.
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