The US and China were able to come to an agreement on Wednesday on a joint plan to drastically cut carbon emissions in the future, and inspire other nations to do the same. China and the US are by far the highest greenhouse gas emitters, so by them being able to come to an agreement on cutting emissions shows the rest of the world that they are serious about the problem. Specific details weren't quite clear but the US says it “would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005.” That is double the pace of carbon emission reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020. Meanwhile China pledged to reach its peak carbon emissions by 2030 at the latest. President Xi also promised that clean energy like solar and wind would account for twenty percent of China’s energy production by 2030. Given the rough week for Obama, this Accord was a much needed success for him and the Democratic Party.
- Will this agreement make a difference? If yes, how so?
Do you believe this agreement could lead to improved relations with China?