Challenges and Opportunities for U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, June 4, 2009   [open pdf - 693KB]

From the opening statement of John F. Kerry: "The reality is that a robust American partnership with China will do more than anything else to ensure a successful global response to the urgent threat of climate change. America is the world's largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. And China recently passed us to become the world's No. 1 current emitter. So, together we are, today, responsible for nearly half of all global climate greenhouse gas emissions. [...].Most importantly, we need to inspire the 1.6 billion Americans and Chinese to take ownership of this challenge and prove to the world that we can rise and meet it together. Now, make no mistake, bilateral cooperation with China is not an alternative to the global treaty process. On the contrary, it is an essential component of the larger effort. Our two countries, representing more than 40 percent of the emissions globally, have stood aside from this effort for too long, and now it falls to us to take the helm. And if we lead, if we prove our ability to be able to reach agreement on many of these issues in these next few weeks, that will have a profound impact on the negotiating positions and the capacity to move much more easily in Copenhagen." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William Chandler, Elizabeth Economy, John F. Kerry, Kenneth Lieberthal, Richard Lugar, and Barbara Boxer.

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