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Markey statement on U.S. - China climate and clean energy agreement

Follows Similar Agreement Forged Between Markey and Chairman Wang of Chinese Congress

In response to today’s agreement between U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao to cooperate on clean energy and climate initiatives, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of twin climate and energy panels in the House and co-author of the Waxman-Markey clean energy and climate bill, issued the following statement:

“This agreement shows that economic competition and cooperation are not mutually exclusive, especially when solving the grave threat of climate change is at stake.

“This significant agreement offers a blueprint for international clean energy cooperation between the U.S. and China, and for the rest of the world. With crucial international climate negotiations in Copenhagen just weeks away, the U.S. and China have proven today that the international community can find common ground on key energy issues.

“Just a few weeks ago, along with 100 other legislators from around the world, Chairman Wang Guangtao of the National People's Congress and I reached a similar accord to cooperate on clean energy and set a clear path forward on combating climate change.

“In just a month, the conventional wisdom on U.S.-Chinese climate politics has been turned on its head, and not a moment too soon. With just days to go before nearly 200 countries meet in Copenhagen to forge a new way forward on climate and clean energy, this agreement shows that the last remaining roadblocks are being pushed aside.”

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