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US & China Agree on GHG Reductions

11/12/14

  07:05:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 235 words  
Categories: Climate Change

US & China Agree on GHG Reductions - UPDATE

In a dramatic joint announcement coming out of the APEC summit in China, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have committed to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. (H/T climatecrocks.com)

The agreement calls on China to peak its GHG emissions by no later than 2030 and increase the use of non-fossil fuels to 20% by that date.  Meanwhile, the US will cut its GHG emissions by 26-28% (compared to 2005 levels) by 2025.  For the two largest emitters of GHG, these steps by the US and China are historic and much needed.

“As the world’s two largest economies, energy consumers and emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change,” Obama said Wednesday in a joint press conference with Xi.

UPDATE - We noted that this was a really big deal, but the graph below is truly the picture worth a thousand words:

Significance of US-China carbon deal

While the impact of the actions from the US and China alone are significant, as the graph shows, their greatest benefit is in serving as an example for other countries to follow.

Beyond the practical significance in helping to combat climate change, China’s commitment - coming as it does from the head of the Communist Party - takes away the deniers’ favorite argument: that it is meaningless for the US to act since China never will.  Well guess what, China is acting.

Sorry deniers, what else have you got?

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