September 22nd, 2009
11:21 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama signals pressure on China to take strong steps against climate change

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UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - President Barack Obama made clear Tuesday that the United States expects China to take significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and develop clean energy sources.

In remarks to a U.N. summit on climate change, Obama said "rapidly-growing developing nations that will produce nearly all the growth in
global carbon emissions in the decades ahead must do their part as well."

China and the United States are the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. While Obama didn't specify China, his comment appeared focused on the role of the world's major growing economy in the climate change debate.

"Some of these nations have already made great strides with the development and deployment of clean energy," Obama said. "Still, they need to commit to strong measures at home and agree to stand behind those commitments just as the developed nations must stand behind their own. We cannot meet this challenge unless all the largest emitters of greenhouse gas pollution act together. There's no other way."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Mississippi Mike

    Yeah, China has a lot of respect for Obama. Not only has he mortgaged our government to them but they have a lot more lattitude to fix trade condidtions and expand their military under his weak-handed rule.

    September 22, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, the elitist, narcissistic Obamabot

    You global warming skeptics fail to mention that the scientists who dispute manmade global warming all get heaps of grant money from the oil and coal industry (kind of like how most of our lawmakers get heaps of money from the healthcare industry).Do a little research and look into who they work for. They practice the best science money can buy. Have a nice day!

    September 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    Obama is the Best President.

    Bush's I.Q. is lower than a 5th Grader.

    2000 – 2008 is the Era of Bush Rule.

    Which means:

    1. War
    2. Anarchy
    3. Poverty
    4. Plunder
    5. Lawlessness
    6. Bankruptcy of the Nation

    September 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. kas

    I am so sick of Obama I could throw up.

    September 22, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. JGB

    Who is Obama to demand that everyone go along with the mythology of Global warming? Global warming is another EXCUSE for Obama to throw our money around. Climate is really think your driving a Prius matters?

    September 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    It astonished me how gullible people are to continue to deny that Global warming is a fact and that it likely is man made and rattle off pseudo science with no understanding of what they are saying. Also, many act as if it is un-American or un-GODly to NOT damage the environment while growing industry. Global warming posses is the absolute greatest threat to our personal security and well being.

    President Obama is showing true leadership on this issue and he continues to inspire my confidence.

    September 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Patrick

    Let's not bite the hand that feeds us, we still need them to pay for our health care reform.

    September 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Interesting ... our President is in China, in front of the world in an open forum, addressing the issue of climate change, while Sarah Palin wil go to Hong Kong behind closed doors and address ...??

    My guess is she'll be smirking and winking to all those international investors, letting them know that she's their gal for denying that pesky idea of global warming (and any other "nuisance" laws that may get in their way of making money).

    September 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Proud Member..Party of No

    lol...nice try Mr. Empty Suit. I'm sure the Chinese are responding with a one-finger salute. I wonder if Obama ever notices that the rest of the world thinks he's an impotent fraud?

    September 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Humans have impacted the world, and the industrial revolution has specifically impacted our climate. That's not only scientific fact, it's common sense.

    To believe this is not arrogance; it's called taking responsibility for one's actions.

    Arrogance is thinking that we can continue to foul our nest without consequence (the only animal that does that, by the way) or believing that since the problem will come to a head after we're gone, that we shouldn't do something about it now.

    September 22, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Chris

    I enjoy seeing the global warming deniers overrun these comments. It is a relief to realize that these comments do not represent the general community – and definitely not the scientific community.

    It's a nice reminder to see that these nuts are nutty no matter what the topic.

    September 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Really

    Ah Mr. President.

    It's Chinese on line 6. They are calling to let us know our bank note is due and they are going to forclose!!

    September 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    The GOP continues to bury its head in the sand, by saying that there is NO Climate Change. They remind me of all the people, even doctors who repudiated the FACT that CIGARETTES cause cancer! Remember?The Tobacco Industry, would have scientists & doctors telling Americans "cigarettes don't cause cancer." When actually ....... they do!

    Now the arguments against Climate Change brings out the same people, who repudiate scientific proof. Just like the people in the Middle-Ages who imprisoned Galileo for saying that the "Earth rotates around the sun"!

    There will always be people who refuse to acknowledge the truth.

    September 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Kat

    30 years ago it was global cooling, then global warming, now climate chaos!!! Could it be just natural weather flucuation????

    September 22, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Rob

    When Bush was president he did what was best for the country, and didn't care what popular opinion was. Now Obama's sitting on a major disaster in the making, aka Afghanistan, or 'The Just War' as he put it, and he's sitting on his hands waiting to see what his lib puppet masters want while decent Americans are dying. I guess he wants to show Russia how to truly screw up in Afghanistan.

    And yet while all these soldiers are put in harm's way thanks to Obama's indecisiveness, all you libs and and the media DO NOTHING BUT PRAISE HIM! If this was Bush you'd be hollerin up a storm. Of course if this was Bush this wouldn't be an issue because he would have done the right thing and not cared if some pinko peaceniks thought it was bad. Ah, the good ol days, when America was great. I miss them.

    September 22, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. JGB

    China is laughing..........They wonder how a FREE country could elect such a Naive Fool.

    September 22, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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