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Whitehouse applauds climate change deal with China

November 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is applauding an agreement struck between the United States and China to curb emissions blamed for global warming.

The agreement calls for the U.S. to reduce emissions between 26 and 28 percent by 2025, compared with 2005. China agreed to a 2030 deadline for when its emissions will top out, a major step for a country that has been reluctant to agree to restrictions.

Whitehouse is a Democrat who has pushed for more action to address climate change. He says the agreement shows the world’s top two emitters are committed to working together to avert the worst effects of climate change. He says the plan could address the climate threat while also stimulating the clean-energy economy.

Obama’s opponents in Congress say the agreement hurts jobs.

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