"U.S. and China Agree to Displace Fossil Fuels by Ramping Up Renewables"

"The climate agreement between the two countries is seen as a bright spot as President Biden prepares to meet President Xi Jinping."

"The United States and China, the world’s two largest climate polluters, have agreed to jointly tackle global warming by ramping up wind, solar and other renewable energy with the goal of displacing fossil fuels.

The announcement comes as President Biden prepares to meet Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China for their first face-to-face discussion in a year. The climate agreement could emerge as a bright spot in talks that are likely to focus on sensitive topics including Taiwan, the war in Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas.

The statements of cooperation released separately by the United States and China on Tuesday do not include a promise by China to phase out its heavy use of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, or to stop permitting and building new coal plants. That has been a sticking point for the United States in months of discussions with Beijing on climate change."

Lisa Friedman reports for the New York Times November 14, 2023.


"US And China’s Joint Climate Plan Leaves Key Questions Unanswered" (Guardian)

"Can US, China Climate Talks Spur Progress at COP28?" (Inside Climate News)

"Sunnylands Statement on Enhancing Cooperation to Address the Climate Crisis" (State Dept.)

"What a U.S.-China Climate Deal Means for COP28" (New York Times)

"China Makes ‘Opening Play’ On Methane Policy Ahead Of UN Climate Summit" (Financial Times)

"US And China Pledge To Ramp Up Renewables In Place Of Planet-Warming Fossil Fuels Ahead Of Biden-Xi Summit" (CNN)

"U.S. And China Agree To Restart Climate Talks Amid Hopes Of Wider Thaw" (Washington Post)

Source: NYTimes, 11/16/2023