U.S., China Reach Deal for New Targets on Capping Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The United States and China, the world’s two largest polluters, have agreed to limit greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. President Obama unveiled the deal at a news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
President Obama: “Today I can also announce that the United States has set a new goal of reducing our net greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. This is an ambitious goal, but it is an achievable goal. It will double the pace at which we’re reducing carbon pollution in the United States. It puts us on a path to achieving the deep emissions reductions by advanced economies that the scientific community says is necessary to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change.”
China has also made its first-ever commitment to stop emissions from growing by 2030. The agreement was negotiated in secret over nine months.
- Obama Reaches Climate Deal with China — and GOP Congress May Not Be Able to Stop It November 12, 2014