China announces pledge to curb carbon emissions and invest in green energy
China announces pledge to curb carbon emissions President Hu Jintao vows to greatly decrease intensity from country's economy and invest in green energy By Julian Borger and Suzanne Goldenberg in New York September 22, 2009
The world inched closer to an elusive deal to combat climate change today when China, the planet's biggest polluter, made its most substantial commitment to curbing its carbon emissions and investing in clean energy.
The proposals, delivered by President Hu Jintao, on the first morning of this week's UN general assembly meeting, included the promise of a "notable" decrease in the carbon intensity of China's economy - the amount of emissions for each unit of economic output - by 2020.
"At stake in the fight against climate change are the common interests of the entire world," Hu said. "Out of a sense of responsibility to its own people and people across the world, China fully appreciates the importance and urgency of addressing climate change."
"President Hu's speech is a step forward and shows the Chinese are serious about the climate threat," John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace said. "This is the first time that China has said publicly that it will intensify efforts to reduce emissions, but without firm targets or a detailed action plan, today's announcement is too vague to be the major breakthrough we hoped for.'
In today's speech, President Hu said his country would plant forests across an area the size of Norway, and generate 15% of its energy needs within a decade. "China has provided impressive leadership," said Al Gore, the former US vice-president and leading climate activist. "It's not widely known in the rest of the world but China in each of the last two years has planted two and half times more trees than the entire rest of the world put together."
The official US reaction was more muted. Todd Stern, President Barack Obama's special envoy for climate change, said Hu's pledge on carbon intensity was welcome in principle, but added: "It depends on what the number is."
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/bush-or-gore-who-walks-e... (from 2009. Though since then, W moved to a larger place (so the snopes article is now partially out of date) and if Al's moved to a greener place, that's absolutely terrific. Nice to know people walk the talk on issues that became famous for.)
The have a pollution problem and it needs to be resolved. They need to manufacture products that will sell world wide. We will buy their products to resolve our pollution problem. Too bad we don't have anything to sell except weapon systems.
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