Historic US-China Climate Deal Is a Sign of Clean Energy’s Growing Political Strength 0

520-xi-obamaPresident Obama was supposed to be focusing on trade during his trip to Asia this week. No one expected him to pull off a landmark climate deal.

After nine months of talks, the White House announced this morning that the U.S. and China had agreed to historic joint targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

While the targets are not binding, the negotiations represent the first time China has agreed to a cap on carbon dioxide levels. Administration officials say the targets will create meaningful momentum as America tries to negotiate an emissions treaty with large developing countries in 2015.

The agreement is a reflection of the international pressure on China to address its growing emissions, as well as China’s own confidence in clean energy to help power its growing economy.

 

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