Clean coal group says study shows danger of climate treaty with China

1.22.15

Contact: Laura Sheehan (202) 459-4867 lsheehan@americaspower.org @Laura_A_Sheehan

Washington, D.C. – In November 2014, President Obama announced a non-binding agreement with China to reduce carbon emissions. Under this so-called agreement, the U.S. would begin rapidly reducing its carbon emissions under the president’s Clean Power Plan, which sets unrealistic targets in an unworkable timeframe. On the other hand China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, would only begin capping its emissions in 2030.

A new study by Management Information Services, sponsored by Peabody Energy, shows there will be serious harm to the U.S. economy from the president’s agreement, while China’s economy will continue to grow. The study comes as the Senate is voting on Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator James Inhofe’s (R-OK) amendment to S. 1 – the “U.S.-China Greenhouse Gas Agreement Amendment.” The Blunt-Inhofe amendment will protect American jobs and the economy and would require Senate approval of the U.S.-China agreement as well as any pacts made in Paris later this year.

“There are dangerous consequences associated with the president’s so-called agreement with China. As we hamstring our own economy, China’s growth will be unfettered through its use of the affordable, reliable energy resources under attack by the Obama Administration,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “We encourage the Senate to think carefully about the consequences of the president’s ‘deal’ and vote to protect American middle-class families, businesses and jobs.”