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U.S. President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping were able to agree on several issues regarding trade; however, the agreement (see White House e-mail) to reduce carbon pollution was the “Big News” at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit attended by sixteen countries November 10-12th 2014.
Click on White House.gov  to hear from Dr. John P. Holdren, the president’s science advisor on climate change–you can submit questions to him also regarding the subject.
President Obama’s travels onto Burma for the second leg of his Asian trip.
Scenes from the APEC Summit

 President Obama steps off Air Force One to a red carpet  
welcome arrival in Beijing, China_November 10, 2014​
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Tieless meeting day for the men 

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice shaking hands with China’s President Xi Jinping, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry & U.S. President Barack Obama look on during a meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, held at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound, Beijing_Nov. 11, 2014
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 President Xi Jinping presents President Barack Obama with a painting during a gift exchange between the two leaders at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound Beijing_November 11, 2014
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一頭條新聞天! 
(A Big News Day!)
President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China inspect the troops during the State Arrival Welcome Ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing_November. 12, 2014
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President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China hold a press conference at the Great Hall of the People Beijing, China, November 12, 2014 
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Toasting mutual respect and collaboration

 ​U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a lunch banquet held in the Great Hall of the People 
Beijing, China_November 12, 2014
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日安
(Good Day!)
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Camille
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador

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The White House, Washington

Last night, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced crucial new actions to protect our climate. And because of American leadership, China is making critical new commitments.

Building on the progress we’ve already made, the U.S. will set a new target of cutting our net greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. And President Xi announced new plans to increase the share of renewable energy and nuclear power that China uses to roughly 20% by 2030 — up from only 8% in 2009 — and, for the first time, set a target for when China will max out its carbon emissions.

The U.S. and China together account for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions — so together, we have an especially important role to play in fighting climate change.

To put it plainly: This is a big deal. Find out more about the announcement, and share the news with someone who needs to know.

Learn more about the historic climate announcements.

Back in 2009 when President Obama took office, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were projected to continue increasing indefinitely, at a rate of about 1.2% each year. But the President set an ambitious goal that November to cut emissions “in the range of 17% below 2005 levels” by 2020.

We’re on track to achieve that goal. Since taking office, President Obama has:

  • Put in place appliance efficiency standards that will save American consumers more than $450 billion on their utility bills through 2030
  • Established standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks, nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and saving consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump over the lifetime of the program
  • Released the first-ever proposal for carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants
  • Increased electricity generation from solar more than ten-fold, and tripled electricity production from wind power
  • Invested more than $80 billion in clean energy technologies

And the new emission reduction target that the President announced last night will roughly double the pace of our carbon pollution reduction — from 1.2% per year from 2005 to 2020, to 2.3-2.8% from 2020 to 2025.

This target keeps us on track to reduce our carbon pollution on the order of 80% by 2050, and means the U.S. is doing our part to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Learn more about last night’s announcements, and forward this message to make sure people know just how important this is.

Thanks,

John

John Podesta
Counselor to the President
The White House
@Podesta44

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