Republicans Said China Wouldn’t Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong

Posted by Mike Confino, November 20, 2014

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Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week, there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that “the agreement requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.” The argument goes like this: The US committed to deeper, faster cuts than it had before—reducing carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. But under the deal, the Chinese are allowed to spew greenhouse gases unabated, only committing to stop increasing those emissions “around 2030.”

via Republicans Said China Wouldn’t Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong. | Mother Jones.

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