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China, US Held Secret CO2 Deal Talks

From the UK’s (delighted) Guardian:

China and US held secret talks on climate change deal

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
Monday 18 May 2009

A high-powered group of senior Republicans and Democrats led two missions to China in the final months of the Bush administration for secret backchannel negotiations aimed at securing a deal on joint US-Chinese action on climate change, the Guardian has learned.

The initiative, involving John Holdren, now the White House science adviser, and others who went on to positions in Barack Obama’s administration, produced a draft agreement in March, barely two months after the Democrat assumed the presidency.

The memorandum of understanding was not signed, but those involved in opening up the channel of communications believe it could provide the foundation for a US-Chinese accord to battle climate change, which could be reached as early as this autumn

The secret missions suggest that advisers to Obama came to power firmly focused on getting a US-China understanding in the run-up to the crucial UN meeting in Copenhagen this December, which is aimed at sealing a global deal to slash greenhouse gas emissions. In her first policy address the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she wanted to recast the broad US-China relationship around the central issue of climate change

The first communications, in the autumn of 2007, were initiated by the Chinese. Xie Zhenhua, the vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s central economic planning body, made the first move by expressing interest in a co-operative effort on carbon capture and storage and other technologies with the US…

The two sides began discussing ways to break through the impasse, including the possibility that China would agree to voluntary – but verifiable – reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. China has rejected the possibility of cuts as it sees that as a risk to its continued economic growth, deemed essential to lift millions out of poverty and advance national status…

During the second trip to China by the Americans, Xie suggested a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on joint action on climate change.

Chandler said he and Holdren drew up a three-point memo which envisaged:

Using existing technologies to produce a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2010.

• Co-operating on new technology including carbon capture and storage and fuel efficiency for cars.

• The US and China signing up to a global climate change deal in Copenhagen.

"We sent it to Xie and he said he agreed," said Chandler…

Isn’t it wonderful to hear the secret deals that are going on behind the scenes that will affect every aspect of our lives?

Thanks goodness Mr. Obama’s administration is dedicated to transparency.

Just imagine if they did things in secret?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “China, US Held Secret CO2 Deal Talks”

  1. proreason

    China is actually looking like a good alternative to The Moron’s Criminal Cabal (TMCC).

    At least in China they seem to think free enterprise is a good thing.

    In this country, every aspect of freedom is under attack. We’re at about year 1919 in our step into the past wheras the ChiComs are at about year 1970.

  2. Confucius

    Why are we always getting such important news from the British? Do they deliver?

    • proreason

      They aren’t in love with Obamy, particularly after he insulted their country and leaders about 50 times.

  3. Right of the People

    It’s good to see what the Chicoms want us to do. The chances of them actually cutting back their emissions are somewhere between slim and none, and slim already done left town.

    • pdsand

      Yes, they would gladly sign a treaty obligating us to cut our emissions at the expense of our prosperity. Then they would also sign a treaty obligating us to disarmament and leaving South Korea. They’re good that way.


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