Larsen Applauds Climate Change Announcement Between U.S. and China

Nov 13, 2014 Issues: Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today praised the announcement from President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping that both countries will work to limit greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change. President Obama set a goal to cut U.S. emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. President Xi committed to capping China’s carbon emissions for the first time by 2030, as well as increasing the country’s use of non-fossil fuels by 20 percent in the same timeframe.

“Today’s commitment by the world’s two largest economies to slow the use of fossil fuels is a critically important step to curbing the harmful effects of climate change worldwide. Our two countries have the responsibility to lead the world toward less reliance on fossil fuel, and I am hopeful this new agreement sets a positive example for other countries. In the Pacific Northwest, we know a healthy environment sustains jobs in many industries, from fishing to tourism and outdoor recreation.

“This landmark agreement also means Republicans have even weaker excuses opposing climate change. They have long argued U.S. action is meaningless unless other major emitters like China also act. Now the world’s largest emitter is doing just what Republicans have called for, but their reaction was yet again to oppose immediately any move to mitigate climate change,” Larsen said.