Providence, RI – Tonight President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping together announced new commitments to address climate change. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding their announcement:
“The US and China’s joint announcement of carbon pollution reduction plans sends an important message: the world’s top two emitters are committed to working together to avert the worst effects of climate change. President Obama’s commitment to reduce US carbon pollution by up to 28 perecent by 2025 is an ambitious plan, as is China’s commitment to a timetable for carbon pollution reductions, clean energy generation, and significant new investments in renewable energy. I thank President Obama for continuing to mobilize the global community to address the climate threat while cutting carbon pollution and stimulating the clean energy economy here at home.”
Senator Whitehouse is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, and is a co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change and the Senate Climate Action Task Force.