U.S. could 'go back in' Paris Agreement

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Although Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg leads her country's Conservative Party and is probably more politically simpatico to Donald Trump than most European leaders, she is-like virtually all heads of government in Western Europe-lock-step in the belief climate change is real and must be combated.

Last June, Trump angered global businesses and politicians by announcing the USA would be leaving the worldwide climate accord, which was signed by the Obama administration and counts every nation on earth as a signatory until the United States formally quits the deal in 2020.

In June, Trump announced his decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement, making the country the only one that has pulled out of the accord.

Under Trump, the USA has made successive roll-backs on environmental protections, scrapping the Clean Power Plan, which sought to inch the US away from its use of coal-burning energy, and opening previously protected lands up to mineral exploration.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his decision regarding the United States' participation in the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump said he was pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement a year ago, shortly after assuming the presidency. "We are very strong on the environment".

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The formal process for exiting the Paris Agreement takes several years, and the U.S. therefore remains a party to the deal, which sets a goal of limiting average global temperature increases to "well below" 2C since before the end of the century. But he added, "The Paris 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". And we're not going to let that happen.

Trump also suggested that America's target set in the NDC by 2025 put it at a disadvantage and would force businesses to close. The plane-maker did say Norway has approved money for 40 F-35s and has gotten 10 of them so far. "Russia, some place in the mid-1990s, that was their standard, and that was never a good standard because that was a dirty standard for the environment".

As before, Trump made several incorrect statements about the Paris treaty.

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.

Norway's power sector is nearly carbon neutral, with hydropower covering roughly 95% of domestic power generation, even though it is home to the biggest hydrocarbon reserves in Europe and the fifth-largest exporter of crude oil in the world. "They have tremendous hydro power, tremendous. In fact, most of your energy-your electricity-is produced by hydro", he told Solberg. But he will have to wait until 2019 to formally notify the United Nations of a USA exit under the agreement's regulations. In fact, US hydropower generation was almost double that of Norway, which produced 143.4 TWh of hydropower in 2016.

French President Emmanuel Macron in December said he would not agree to a renegotiation but was hopeful the United States would return to the accord.

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