The United States and China have revealed a secret deal to cut carbon emissions. As part of the deal China has agreed to cap emissions in 2030 or earlier if possible and the U.S. is committing to reducing emissions by approximately 28% by 2025. President Obama was quoted, saying “As the world’s largest economies and greatest emitters of greenhouse gases we have special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change. I am proud we can announce a historic agreement. I commend President Xi, his team and the Chinese government for their making to slow, peak and then reverse China’s carbon emissions.” He also went on to say that the goal was “ambitious, but achievable.”
Mitch McConnell, the new Senate Republican leader, was quick to comment, stating “This unrealistic plan, that the president would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs.” This push back is to be expected, however with the new Republican controlled congress, this goal is likely to be made smaller, if not gotten rid of completely. However, the deal shows a strong momentum for the environmental movement in world governments, that should be hard to stop.