In a rambling and barely coherent defence of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald Trump has opened the door to the possibility the United States "could conceivably go back in" to the Agreement.
However, he insisted that Paris Agreement, which the worldwide community signed in 2015 with the aim of combating climate change by limiting global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius, was "a bad deal" and "very unfair" to the US. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 other countries signed in 2015.
Donald Trump also seems to believe that the United States is "very strong on the environment" and that the country's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is out to protect the environment.
In June, Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement, making the country the only one that has pulled out of the accord. It put great penalties on us. "It took a lot of our asset values". The US president has at times seemed torn between advisors like his daughter Ivanka, who advocate for policies that mitigate the effects of climate change, and aides who believe global accords hold America back.
Mr Trump, in his latest comments, stressed his administration's commitment to environmental issues, "clean water, clean air", but added "we also want businesses that can compete".
The Agreement required countries create their own climate action plans and restrictions, and the Agreement does not actually contain any formal penalties for nations that fail to meet their own self-imposed targets. "China, by 2030-they don't kick in until 2030", he said as an example.
He also said during the presidential election campaign that he wanted to help United States oil and coal industries.
"Norway is combating climate change".
The president emphasised that he is not going to let the Paris agreement deny the USA competitive edge.
"Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend", Trump says. "In fact, most of your energy-your electricity-is produced by hydro", he told Solberg.