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Sen. Manchin releases statement after President Obama signs climate agreement with China

(WVVA) Senator Joe Manchin has concerns after President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping sign an agreement to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades.

The deal would cut U.S. carbon emissions (2005 levels) by almost 30 percent before 2025. China would peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and would revamp its energy policy to make clean energy (zero-carbon emissions) one-fifth of the country's total energy portfolio.

“I look forward to reviewing the details of the climate agreement between President Obama and Chinese leaders and assessing what the true implications will be on the front lines here at home. As I've said many times before, there is no question that 7 billion people have an impact on our climate. I am encouraged that the Chinese are willing to come to the table and that the Administration has recognized the importance of investing in research for clean fossil fuel technology. That being said, we cannot enter into an agreement that asks little of the Chinese, while simultaneously promising more than we can achieve domestically with our current technology," says Senator Joe Manchin.


The historic climate change deal between President Obama and President Xi Jinping  took place in Beijing Wednesday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation Summit. Manchin isn't the only lawmaker in Washington who has concerns over the climate pact with China. White House officials say the Republican senators and "climate deniers" may try and stop the initiative. 

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