The White House issued a Press Release
- The United States intends to achieve an economy-wide target of reducing its emissions by 26%-28% below its 2005 level in 2025 and to make best efforts to reduce its emissions by 28%.
- China intends to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030 (bold added)
Before President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Beijing, environmentalists and others concerned about climate change had reason to be doubtful about the meeting. First, China’s government tried to turn the capital into a giant Potemkin Village: To clean the city’s air pollution in time for the arrival of the VIPs, the government told residents to get out of town. When that didn’t work and the smog persisted, China started blocking data on air pollution.