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U.S. and China Forge Climate, Clean Energy Partnership (Scuttle Copenhagen?)

U.S. and China Forge Climate, Clean Energy Partnership

During President Obama’s first state visit to China, the two leaders said at a joint news conference that the two sides are “committed to working together and with other countries in the weeks ahead for a successful outcome at Copenhagen.”

There, from December 7 through 18, governments will attempt to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that are increasingly warming the climate. Whatever agreement they reach is expected to take effect when the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period expires at the end of 2012.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addresses the APEC meeting. (Photo courtesy APEC)

But the meaning of what a “successful outcome” is shifted over the weekend….