Climate change: Trump says USA 'could conceivably' rejoin Paris deal

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States "could conceivably" return to the Paris Climate Accord, which sets out a global action plan to avoid unsafe climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg noted that many Norwegians drive US -made Tesla electric cars and said her country saw "tremendous economic and business opportunities" as nations around the world fight climate change.

"The Paris Agreement as drawn and as we signed was very unfair to the United States". The Post posits that Trump, who was reading from a statement, likely saw the number of jets delivered-52-and mistakenly added an "F" designation to it. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say if Trump is a Call of Duty fan, and Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-35, wouldn't say if an F-52 is in the works. It put great penalties on us. "We have a total of 52 and they've delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule". It made it very hard for us to deal in terms of business. "It took away a lot of our asset values", he said of the pact that includes every other nation in the United Nations.

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. Norway's strict regulations to reach its Paris targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 by 2030 has spurred the use of "environmental friendly and climate friendly technologies".

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"I feel very strongly about the environment... but we also want businesses that can compete".

"The Paris Accord really would have taken away our competitive edge, and we're not going to let that happen". We're not gonna let that happen.

Observers were quick to point out that the Paris Agreement allows countries to set their own climate action plans and contains no formal penalties for nations that fail to meet any self imposed targets.

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