Wednesday, 12 November 2014

# Barack Obama # Beijing

Obama clears the air on climate-change deal with China

President Obama served notice Wednesday that he plans to make climate change a major theme of his final two years in office, striking a bilateral deal with China on carbon reduction emissions that follows about nine months of secret talks.

According to USAToday, The announcement during Obama's trip to Beijing kindled a dispute with the incoming Republican Congress, members of which said they would resist presidential plans that undercut American industry and cost jobs.

"This unrealistic (China) plan, that the president would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs," said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

While critics pointed out that the China deal is strictly voluntary, administration officials said it sets the stage for a series of executive actions Obama plans to take with regard to climate change.

Obama and aides said China's pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will make it easier for nations of the world to reach a global climate change deal in 2015.

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