China more likely to keep climate promise than US

Obama will be gone in two years and can’t bind his successors to keep his promise.

White House Photo: Pete Souza
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama greet children during Mr. Obama's arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 12. They announced a climate pact that day.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 11/19/2014 12:00 am EST

When news got out that United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping had reached an agreement on climate change, the American blogosphere lit up with negative comments. “The problem is, Obama probably means it,” wrote Jazz Shaw of the major conservative political blog Hot Air, “while China is almost certainly just yanking the world's collective chain yet again with a bit of lip service as they seek better trade arrangements.”

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