It’s the first time China has agreed to reduce CO2 emissions, and the deal may be easier to implement there than here.
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Leading liberal thinkers such as Thomas Friedman often lament that the U.S. can’t be “China for a day,” with a single day set aside for a dictatorial government to avoid the messiness of democracy and simply impose the radical policies they think are necessary. Perhaps President Obama was inspired, then, by his trip to China.

Under an agreement signed Wednesday in Beijing, “the United States would cut its 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26-28% before the year 2025. China would peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and will also aim to get 20% of its energy from zero-carbon emission sources by the same year,” CNN reports.