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Schatz, Hirono applaud U.S.-China climate change agreement


U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz released the following statement on the White House’s announcement of an agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China to address the global threat of climate change:

“The groundbreaking climate change and clean energy cooperation agreement announced by President Obama and President Xi demonstrates the necessary leadership from the United States and China to continue addressing the global threat of climate change. The agreement recognizes that as the two leading producers of greenhouse gas emissions, the United States and China must take short and long term measures to reduce the amount of carbon pollution and to encourage the development of clean energy. By jointly agreeing to specific goals which will reduce carbon emissions by 2030 at the latest, the United States and China are poised to significantly bolster renewable energy research and technology and foster a new industrial revolution fueled by clean energy.”


Sen. Mazie K. Hirono applauded the joint announcement by President Barack Obama and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping on the issue of climate change with an agreement to significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by each nation.

“This announcement demonstrates bold leadership from the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies and emitters of carbon emissions, and makes clear that we do not need to choose between the economy and the environment. Climate change is real and we must address it,” said Senator Hirono. “The opportunity for Hawaii is that we are a leader in clean energy solutions and we can share that expertise with others.”

Together, the United States and the People’s Republic of China account for more than one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. The commitment announced by President Obama will reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. President Xi Jinping’s announcement marks the first time China has ever committed to capping their greenhouse gas emissions.

The announcement is also important for the negotiations leading up to a new international climate treaty in 2015.

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