The Guardian reported that in the last days of the Bush administration secret climate change deal talks took place between the US and China. The US team involved John Holdren, now the White House science adviser, and others who went on to positions in Barack Obama’s administration. The negotiations produced a memorandum of understanding in March, which was not signed but could provide the foundation for a US-Chinese accord to battle climate change, maybe as early as this autumn.
Bill Chandler, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the driving force behind the talks said he and Holdren drew up a three-point memo which envisaged:
- Using existing technologies to produce a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2010.
- Co-operating on new technology including carbon capture and storage and fuel efficiency for cars.
- The US and China signing up to a global climate change deal in Copenhagen.
Its seems that Xie Zhenhua, the vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s central economic planning body, agreed but: this has not yet led to any formal agreement between the two sides. There seems to be optimism though on both sides that a common understanding will be reached in the run-up to the crucial UN meeting in Copenhagen this December.
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