President Obama struck a deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to limit greenhouse gases. The deal calls for the US to severely reduce carbon emissions by the year 2025 while China can continue increasing carbon emissions until the year 2030 when it will then be required to cap them. How’s that for a deal?
Using the same unique negotiation skills that couldn’t convince Iraq to allow any of our troops to remain in-country, president Obama gave the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases the green light to continue producing them unabated for the next 15 years.
The only way he could have sweetened that deal would have been to give China the money, coal, and equipment to help increase their carbon emissions. Then, again, Obama has 2 years remaining in office to consider putting that on the table if China tries to renege by dangerously stopping carbon emissions. China is not known for sticking to deals, so it may still happen.
Next up for Obama is negotiating Eastern Europe with Russia. Don’t be surprised if he pulls off a deal swapping Poland for some prime real estate in Chernobyl. Nothing is off the table.
David J. Hentosh