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    Obama Presses Chinese on Global Warming

    "UNITED NATIONS — President Obama, emboldened by his use of executive powers to fight climate change at home, challenged China on Tuesday to make the same effort to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and join a worldwide campaign to curb global warming.

    Declaring that the United States and China — the world’s two largest economies and largest polluters — bear a “special responsibility to lead,” Mr. Obama said, “That’s what big nations have to do.”

    The president’s remarks at the United Nations Climate Summit, delivered in a packed chamber of the General Assembly, were broadly aimed at marshaling more than 100 world leaders to confront climate change. But his words were directly focused on putting the onus on China, an essential partner of the United States if a global climate treaty is to be negotiated by 2015.

    Unless Beijing and Washington can resolve their differences, climate experts said, few other countries will agree to the treaty and it will most likely founder.

    Mr. Obama made it clear that after taking the political risks in June of proposing a far-reaching Environmental Protection Agency regulation to force American power plants to curb their carbon emissions, he now expected the Chinese to do likewise.

    There were indications that China might be ready with its own plan, although many experts say they will be skeptical until Chinese officials reveal the details. The decision of President Xi Jinping of China to skip the summit meeting also sent a less-than-enthusiastic message.

    But a senior Chinese official sent in Mr. Xi’s place said his country would try to reach a peak level of carbon emissions “as early as possible.” That suggested that the Chinese government, struggling with air pollution so extreme that it has threatened economic growth, regularly kept millions of children indoors and ignited street protests, was determined to show faster progress in curbing emissions.

    “As a responsible major developing country, China will make an even greater effort to address climate change and take on international responsibilities that are commensurate with our national conditions,” said the official, Vice Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, who addressed the chamber after Mr. Obama.

    The president and Mr. Zhang met briefly at the summit meeting on Tuesday, before Mr. Obama’s speech. In his remarks, Mr. Obama said he had pressed Mr. Zhang on the urgency for both countries to take the lead, and noted that he and the Chinese president had already reached an accord to cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent category of greenhouse gases.

    The United States, he said, would meet a pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 17 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2020 — a goal that is in large part expected to be met through the proposed E.P.A. regulation. Now, Mr. Obama said, the United States is preparing ambitious new targets to cut emissions further by 2050, with specifics to be made public ahead of a climate summit meeting in Paris in 2015. Other nations are expected to submit their own plans.

    With its surging use of coal, China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter. But in the past year, as thousands of Chinese have protested the reliance on coal and its contribution to some of the world’s dirtiest air, Chinese authorities have signaled that they intend to adopt policies to reduce the use of coal.

    “We’ve been working hard on this plan, looking at what kind of changes we will make to industry,” Li Junfeng, director general of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy, said in an interview.

    Mr. Li said that his center had prepared “multiple choice” options for a proposed climate plan, and that Beijing would choose one to put forth based on the perceived stringency of the American plan for emissions cuts by 2050.

    In recent years, the Chinese government has sent other signals about addressing carbon pollution, some of them encouraging to environmental experts. It has created seven regional cap-and-trade plans aimed at cutting carbon pollution from coal plants, and in August, a Chinese government official suggested that China was exploring the possibility of a national cap-and-trade plan...."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/world ... -well&_r=0

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    Re: Obama Presses Chinese on Global Warming




    What warming?

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    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blinks, responds to WUWT story



    This WUWT story from two days ago: Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home went viral after being linked to by the Drudge report, earning WUWT its best performing day ever with 345,393 views.

    WUWT_best_day_wordpressdataIt seems to have evoked a response.

    Eric Worrall writes:

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today responded, to reports that a number of key world leaders would not be attending the upcoming climate summit in New York.

    According to Ban,

    “…even though the leaders from India, China and Russia will not be able to participate in the meeting, there are “other means of communications, ways and means of having their leadership demonstrated in the United Nations.”

    Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 703914.cms

    I suggest, Mr Moon, that you and President Obama are currently experiencing a sample of that “other means of communication” you mentioned.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/1...to-wuwt-story/

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    the arrogance of this president knows no bounds. to even entertain the thought that we somehow can control the climate, stop change and keep everything the same is pure madness. future scientists will look back at this time and shake their heads at our gullibility and ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tradition
    the arrogance of this president knows no bounds. to even entertain the thought that we somehow can control the climate, stop change and keep everything the same is pure madness. future scientists will look back at this time and shake their heads at our gullibility and ignorance.
    That position - humans caused the problem - is supported by all respected and relevant scientific organizations in the world. Since we caused the problem it is our responsibility to mitigate it for future generations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific ... ate_change

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    Re: Obama Presses Chinese on Global Warming

    Quote Originally Posted by wordjazz
    Quote Originally Posted by The Tradition
    the arrogance of this president knows no bounds. to even entertain the thought that we somehow can control the climate, stop change and keep everything the same is pure madness. future scientists will look back at this time and shake their heads at our gullibility and ignorance.
    That position - humans caused the problem - is PAID FOR by all respected and relevant scientific organizations in the world. Since there is no proof that we caused the problem it is not our responsibility to mitigate it for future generations.

    FTFY

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