Lawmaker: U.S., China may forge climate pact during Obama trip

09/4/2009 | Reuters

The U.S. and China could strike a climate-change treaty when President Barack Obama goes to Beijing in November, said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. The two countries account for 40% of the world's carbon emissions, and such an agreement would boost global confidence in measures to fight global warming, she added. There is also a "50-50 chance" that the pending climate-change bill will be approved by the end of 2009, but it should be "streamlined," Cantwell said.

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