Sensenbrenner Statement on China’s U.N. Climate Change Address

September 22, 2009

Sensenbrenner Statement on China’s U.N. Climate Change Address

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, issued the following statement today on Chinese President Hu Jintao’s address to the United Nations on climate change policy:

“China’s widely anticipated announcement today at the U. N. General Assembly turned out to be no real announcement at all. There is only one thing China, India and other nations can say that will have a significant impact on the upcoming U.N. climate change talks in Copenhagen, and that is: ‘We will join developed countries in legally-binding emission cuts.’
 
“Anything short of that commitment is just window dressing. While China’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases should be encouraged and commended, let’s not fool ourselves into believing today’s announcement comes close to addressing the real issues that need to be confronted during December’s climate talks. Global warming is a global problem and without global commitments, there will be no solution.”
 
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