After pulling out of Paris Climate agreement last year, United States President Donald Trump, on Wednesday (January 10), showed a rather soft corner on the deal. In what is being seen as an apparent indication of his intention, Trump said, “So we can conceivably go back in,” at a news conference. Not giving any clear signal of US returning to the Paris climate accord, Trump stated that he has no problem with the agreement, but he has a problem with the agreement that the Obama regime signed. He also called the agreement a ‘bad deal’ for the US. He added that he feels “very strongly about the environment”.
Trump stressed his administration’s commitment to environmental issues, “clean water, clean air”, but added, “we also want businesses that can compete”. He said the Paris accord would have taken away the competitive edge from the US, and said that ‘we’re not going to let that happen’. His fresh remarks on climate treaty have sparked speculation that Trump might come back in the deal given some revisions in the agreement. However, it is not clear from his recent comments whether he has embarked on any attempt to renegotiate America’s terms.
Earlier, on July 6, 2017, Trump had announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, which seeks to safeguard the world from the increasingly disastrous impacts of climate change. Making the announcement, he said, “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.”
Trump had claimed in past that the agreement would cost the US $3tn GDP loss and 6.5 million jobs – while rival economies like China and India were treated more favourably. Trump said he wanted to negotiate a new “fair” deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers.
The Paris climate agreement was signed under former President Barack Obama’s administration in December 2015 by nearly 200 countries to curb global carbon emissions and contain global warming. Notably, the US is one of the world’s largest polluters.