Global Solutions to Global Warming

Issue Paper
June 23, 2009

Recommendations for Leaders and Policy Makers in the United States and China

Two nations play a vital role in efforts to curb global warming and secure the world’s energy supply: the United States of America and the People's Republic of China. Together, they account for more than 40 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use, more than 35 percent of the world's energy consumption, and more than 30 percent of the world's economic output, making their involvement in addressing the global warming crisis critical. As both nations suffer through tough economic times and commit to extraordinary economic stimulus packages, we are presented with an excellent opportunity to turn promises into real action. In this June 2009 issue paper, NRDC recommends nine key steps for the Obama administration, the U.S. Congress, and leaders in China to strengthen U.S.–China climate change and energy engagement at this unique time.