WASHINGTON (RPRN) 6/1/2009–This week, following the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I was pleased to lead a Congressional Delegation to China, where I was accompanied by members of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.Â While in China, we engaged national and local government officials, business leaders, students, and environmentalists in discussions on many aspects of the U.S.-China relationship, including climate change, clean energy, the global financial crisis, human rights, and international trade.
Our delegation believes that China and the United States must confront the urgent challenge of climate change together.Â The urgency of the global climate crisis requires that we make critical choices that are bold, and based on the clearest understanding of how to achieve our goals of preserving the planet and protecting the health of all people worldwide.
I am hopeful that we can reach a United States-China agreement, but much more needs to be done.Â The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year must be successful, and what we do to get there must work.
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