Mayors of a dozen cities in the U.S. and China are nailing down agreements to team up in the fight against climate change, starting with a plan forged over the weekend between the officials of Los Angeles and Beijing to collaborate in promoting clean air in their cities.
The final deals will be unveiled Monday and Tuesday as the municipal leaders spell out how they plan to help meet goals set last fall in a landmark climate agreement between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
The deals will be signed and announced as part of a climate summit convened in Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti as part of a group attempt to push other world leaders to set their own plans and put them in motion.
“It’s great when national leaders set big goals like this,” Garcetti told The Times in an interview Sunday. “But if you don’t have local leaders carrying them out, they’re just words on a page.”
The Los Angeles agreements with the cities of Beijing and Shenzhen don’t contain new targets or more rigorous timelines than the national leaders laid out, according to copies obtained by the Los Angeles Times. But administration officials say the municipal agreements prove that officials at all levels of government are already at work to meet the goals laid out by Obama and Xi — evidence they hope will inspire other world leaders to set ambitious plans in motion.
The agreements in the works between several sets of cities, states and provinces will stand as the first results of Xi’s state visit to the U.S. that begins this month.
As two cities that have suffered from poor air quality, Los Angeles and Beijing have a “visceral connection” that helped them forge their deal, Garcetti said.
The surprise agreement between the world’s two biggest economies was worked out last fall during Obama’s trip to Beijing.
The two agreed that the United States would lower its emissions as much as 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, and that China’s emissions would peak and then decline no later than 2030. The U.S. plans to meet its goals mainly through regulations on car, truck and power plant emissions, and China will rely on large-scale changes like a new cap-and-trade system, The Times reported.
—Staff and wire reports
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