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US & China Announce Game Changing Climate Commitments

12 Nov 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

Tags: International, Climate Change

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made a historic announcement yesterday about their plans to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. This game changing announcement by the world’s two largest economies builds momentum for a strong global climate deal at the end of next year and marks the first time China has agreed to limit its emissions.

LCV President Gene Karpinski praised this critical breakthrough in limiting carbon pollution and combating the challenge of our generation, climate change. 

“This historic announcement is truly a game changer in the fight against climate change. The need to act on climate change has never been more obvious or more urgent. We're glad to see the United States and China coming together to do just that.” 

According to the White House, this announcement sets a new target for the United States to reduce its carbon emissions to 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This builds off of President Obama’s previous commitment to reduce carbon emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. China announced that its carbon emissions will peak by 2030 and they will get 20 percent of their energy from clean sources like wind and solar by that year.

This landmark climate announcement means opponents in Congress can no longer hide behind the argument that China won't act on climate change. 

(Photograph was found on the photograph page on the White House website.)

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