U.S. And India Announce Climate Change Agreement On First Day Of President Obama's Trip

| by Sean Kelly

On Sunday, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that both countries would begin working together to fight climate change.

The leaders presented goals that would, according to Think Progress, “expand policy dialogues and technical work on clean energy and low greenhouse gas emissions technologies.”

Although the deal with India was not nearly as significant as the one reached with China late last year, the modest agreement outlines plans for the countries to cooperate on the reduction of fluorinated gas emissions. Obama and Modi’s announcement also promised that the two countries would work together to reach a “successful and ambitious” agreement at the year-end climate talks in Paris.

“India’s voice is very important on this issue," President Obama said at a press conference. “Perhaps no country could potentially be more affected by the impacts of climate change and no country is going to be more important in moving forward a strong agreement than India.”

The expectation that the India agreement would not reach the caliber of the one with China was met as predicted, but Modi dismissed any comparisons made between the two. “India is an independent country,” he said, “and there is no pressure on us from any country or any person." India is the third largest carbon emitter, behind the U.S. and China.

The deal with China in November saw the U.S. committing to cut emissions to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. China agreed to “get 20 percent of its energy from non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030 and to peak greenhouse gas emissions that same year.”

Sources: Think Progress, The Week, Whitehouse.gov

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