U.S. and China promise to take action against climate change

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 17, 2009 6:48 am

Due to the close relationship between climate change and our beloved snow culture, we’re keeping our ears perked to all the climate change news. Yesterday, Russia threw its hat into the ‘fight climate change’ ring, and today, our country and China have vowed to take action as well.

President Barack Obama is on a tour of Asia, and is in China right now. He and Chinese president Hu Jintao acknowledged the importance of our countries’ involvement in the fight against climate change.

“As the two largest consumers and producers of energy, there can be no solution to this challenge without the efforts of both China and the United States,” Obama said. “That is why we’ve agreed to a series of important new initiatives in this area.” President Jintao was quoted as saying: “We agreed to expand our cooperation on climate change, energy and environment.” That cooperation includes developing a China-U.S. clean energy research center.

Regarding the global climate change conference in Copenhagen next month: “Our aim … is not a partial accord or a political declaration,” Obama said, “but rather an accord that covers all of the issues in the negotiations and one that has immediate operational affect. This kind of comprehensive agreement would be an important step forward in the effort to rally the world around a solution to our climate challenge.”

Save the snow!