November 12th, 2009
07:55 PM ET

Obama's China trip is high-stakes mission for environment

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/09/25/iran.diplomacy.obama/art.obamag20china.gi.jpg caption="President Obama will visit China next week"]
Frances Beinecke
Special to CNN

When President Obama visits China next week, global climate change will top the agenda. The stakes could hardly be higher - for the two Pacific powers and for the world.

Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have a chance to make a good-faith start at the kind of cooperation the rest of the world might rally around at the global climate summit next month in Copenhagen.

In September, I visited China, where my organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, has been active for nearly 15 years. I was able to see firsthand the efforts the Chinese were undertaking to harness their clean-energy potential.

I toured the green Olympic Village in Beijing, attended a clean tech conference in Shanghai and met with China's top climate negotiator, Minister Xie Zhenhua.

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  1. Enough

    We can't afford another failed Obama experiment...........leave the environment alone until we get the economy rolling and unemployment down. The cap and Tax plan will kill more jobs and cost us an average of $3,000 more per household per year.

    PS the temperatures have been cooling over the last decade. Don't leak that inconvenient truth!!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:45 am |