"Norway is combatting climate change - it's an important issue for us and we are committed to the Paris agreement", Solberg said during a joint news conference with Trump.
Encouraged by generous government tax credits, about one-third of Norwegians drive zero-emission electric cars - many of them American-made Teslas. Moreover, according to Trump, the agreement hurt USA businesses overall and gave advantages to other countries such as China. "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".
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Norway is part of the accord.
When announcing the exit, Trump kept the door open to rejoining the pact "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers". It put great penalties on us.
Trump claimed that the Paris agreement was very unfair to the United States because it imposed penalties and took away many USA asset values. While the Scandinavian country remains a major exporter of oil and gas, the Norwegian government was among the first to sign on to the landmark Paris climate deal, pledging to meet a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
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During the briefing, Trump appeared to stress that his administration is "very strong" on the environment. Trump also said he wished the United States could use hydropower."One of the great assets of Norway is a thing called water", he said.
"The EPA and commissioners are very powerful in the sense that they want to have clean water, clean air - but we also want businesses that can compete".
"He left the door open to re-entering at some later time if there can be a better deal for the United States", H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, said in September. French President Emmanuel Macron in December a year ago 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".
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