California, Chinese officials announce climate agreement
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Governor Jerry Brown and China's top climate negotiator on Friday signed the first agreement between a US state and China that seeks greater cooperation on clean energy technologies and research meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The memorandum of understanding signed with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was another aggressive move by California to combat climate change. The state has already passed the nation's most ambitious greenhouse gas limits, including a so-called "cap and trade" system that put a price on carbon pollution in the state.
"I see the partnership between China and... Californian as a catalyst, and as a lever to change policies in the United States and, ultimately, to change policies throughout the world," Mr Brown said just before signing the agreement.
Under the two-year commitment, Chinese and Californian environment and energy officials will work together to find ways to share new low-carbon technologies, as well as research and policy innovations meant to combat climate change.