U.S.China - Intentions only - no commitment

The White House issued a Press Release

U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

  • 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)
No firm commitment, only intentions and long term intentions at that. US have 11 years to reach their non-commitment. That will be two or three presidents into the future. Will the Republicans support this announcement?

China has 16 years of increasing emissions before they level off at their non-commitment.  A lot of water will flow down the Yangtze before then. In the meantime, China opens up a new coal-fired power plant every 10 days.

In China pollution is always present. Particulate matter clouds the air. This is not vital to life invisible carbon dioxide.  Bloomberg Reports:
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.


While China busy rope-a-doping Obama on climate — India says it will DOUBLE COAL PRODUCTION by 2019. Junk Science

The Indian government estimates that it will need to spend around $250bn over the next five years in order to connect the entire nation to the grid.
The country’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, said $100bn of the new investment would be in renewables and $50bn in 
transmission, with the rest in other areas.
“We can see a situation where we will have power for all businesses, all homes, all offices right through the length and breadth of India,” Mr Goyal said.
The minister re-affirmed that output would be increased through improving the overall power mix. This includes greater use of renewables such as wind and solar, and a doubling of state-run Coal India’s mine output to 1 billion tonnes a year in the next five years to provide fuel for big new coal-fired power plants