U.S., China Agree on Implementing Paris Climate-Change Pact

obama-ratify-chinaU.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday outlined new plans for expanding their joint efforts on climate change, showcasing one of the few areas of agreement in an otherwise tense relationship between the two leaders.

U.S. officials detailed the agreement reached by Messrs. Obama and Xi ahead of what is likely to be their final meeting before a new president enters the White House in January.

The new steps include formal adoption by both the U.S. and China of the international climate-change agreement reached in Paris in December 2015, as well as a road map for achieving emissions reductions in commercial aircraft and for phasing out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a potent group of gases that are linked to climate change but aren’t covered by the Paris agreement.

The moves cap three years of efforts by Messrs. Obama and Xi to advance climate-change initiatives, following their first meeting as presidents in 2013.

The White House has touted the climate cooperation as a vital form of leadership the two biggest economies have sought to demonstrate for the rest of the world, where developed and developing countries often are at odds. The administration has given a high priority to climate collaboration with Beijing at a time when the two countries have struggled to see eye-to-eye on other economic issues, such as trade, investment rules and exchange rates. The countries have also faced tensions over military affairs and cybersecurity.

Brian Deese, a senior White House adviser, said that the U.S. and China have come “full circle” on climate change with the Paris agreement announcement.

The durability of the U.S. commitments largely hinge on November’s presidential election. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump have taken opposite positions on climate change.

Mrs. Clinton has said she would continue Mr. Obama’s climate-change agenda. Mr. Trump has promised to roll back Mr. Obama’s climate-change measures, questioning the scientific findings behind them.

The formal adoption of the climate-change agreement by the U.S. and China is designed to encourage other nations to formally adopt the Paris pact, helping it enter into force as early as this year, Mr. Deese said, noting that, together, the two countries represent roughly 38% of the world’s emissions.

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    Amber

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    China will sign anything when the other party gets screwed . So when they don’t do what is claimed it’s a little late once the USA has outsourced what remains of it’s manufacturing . What’s not to like Democrats ?
    If voters like that approach they can’t say they were surprised . Less meaningful employment and bigger government and for what ? Some myth that humans can change and control temperature on earth to their liking ? Unbelievable .

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    Ernie

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    The imposter tries to create law when the constitution says he can’t even if he were validly POTUS.
    Don’t rely on the MSM to tell you any of this. Instead they go along with the credo of anything he does is valid because he’s POTUS.
    Yes, the same MSM that challenged the validity of every constitutionally valid act of W.
    Ever get the idea hat the MSM is lying to you ?
    Of course, we all know that they wouldn’t lie about global warming,
    Just like they supposedly didn’t lie about the ozone layer hoax.
    Are people that stupid they believe the leftist extremists ?
    Are people that stupid they believe demorat candidates ?
    Are people that stupid to blindly vote for demorats ?
    Apparently many are for with any real level of intelligence among the populace,
    The demorat party would not exist.

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    Ralph

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    Barack Obama ‘deliberately snubbed’ by Chinese in chaotic arrival at G20

    China’s leaders have been accused of delivering a calculated diplomatic snub to Barack Obama after the US president was not provided with a staircase to leave his plane during his chaotic arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20.

    Chinese authorities have rolled out the red carpet for leaders including India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, and the British prime minister, Theresa May, who touched down on Sunday morning.

    China’s leaders have been accused of delivering a calculated diplomatic snub to Barack Obama after the US president was not provided with a staircase to leave his plane during his chaotic arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20.

    Chinese authorities have rolled out the red carpet for leaders including India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, and the British prime minister, Theresa May, who touched down on Sunday morning.

    China’s leaders have been accused of delivering a calculated diplomatic snub to Barack Obama after the US president was not provided with a staircase to leave his plane during his chaotic arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20.

    Chinese authorities have rolled out the red carpet for leaders including India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, and the British prime minister, Theresa May, who touched down on Sunday morning.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/04/barack-obama-deliberately-snubbed-by-chinese-in-chaotic-arrival-at-g20

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    Amber

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    Who cares if he didn’t get a red carpet . If anything it shows a lack of respect for
    the glaring stupidity of having the Democrats sell out the USA public interest .
    Chinese don’t respect pussies willing to throw their own country interests under the bus to satisfy some hedge fund $ Billionaire bagmen .

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    Aido

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    You don’t get it.

    Obama got elected with the strong support of the green lobby. They – naturally, this being American politics – wanted a payback. The crafty so-and-so said ” it’s a bit soon, fellas, just get me elected a second term, then when I’ve sod-all to lose, I’ll pay you back in spades”. That’s what he’s been doing.

    He doesn’t understand climatology, but he has surrounded himself with courtiers who fain praise with his new clothes.

    He well knows that his “agreement ” with the Chinese is a crock, but it plays well in the media to the ignorati.

    Sometimes, I despair. God, give me strength.

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    196 to Zero

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    So now it all but official – the Paris Climate Accord wil be ratified and the entire world of 196 countries (whom are all signatories) can begin the transition to a new energy future and a new and healthier economy with millions of new jobs.
    Well done Mr Obama.

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    Amber

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    196 to zero….. More new jobs in China and more new pollution from a place where the wearing of masks to filter pollution is an every day occurrence . Obama just sold out USA manufacturing as he heads for the exits . So brave .

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    amirlach

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    ” A new energy future and a new and healthier economy with millions of new jobs. ”

    Please provide an example of where these failed “new” energy sources have made the world healthier or created millions of jobs. It’s pure fantasy.

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    amirlach

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    None of the 196 predictions made by alarmists over 45 years have come true. So why stop now eh? Obama will go down in history as a an even bigger loser than Carter.

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      196 to Zero

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      And yet the top 20 warmest years in the instrumental record have all happened in the past 23 in spite of a deep solar minimum during much of that time. And we have had 15 consecutive months where each and every month was the warmest in the past 135. The odds of that happening NATURALLY is greater than winning lotto every week for the rest of the year.
      And now, of course, every country on earth has signed on to the Paris agreement making deniers even more meaningless than the scientific gobblygook they spew.

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        JayPee

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        “196” orally defecating again. I’m surprised you want to come back after the complete trashing you took the last time.
        I’m tired of talking to lying mental midgets, therefor I’ll leave it to others to satisfy your masochist instincts.
        He’s back again folks, in the great tradition of andrzejewski !

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    Amber

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    196 to zero . well I will give you credit for stating warmest years in the” instrumental ”
    record which in climate terms is almost meaningless with changes so insignificant as to be more positive than negative . You also fail to say that NOAA have altered the actual data and it is a fact CO2 concentrations have been much higher historically as have temperatures well before humans had any influence .
    Yes climate changes and yes humans must have some impact however little that is .
    Should we conserve energy yes, but the global cooling scare of the 1970’s for example was gobblygook and the current global warming fear industry is more of the same only a whole industry has been hatched from it .
    The Paris Accord was a consensus document and you are wrong every country on earth did not sign on to ratify the agreement that is why the Obama exit team is
    flying around trying to get signatures now before they are gone .
    Let’s hope it is warming because climate change is real as the last 4 billion years proves .

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