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Great news for those greedy climate change "scientists." The leaders of Communist China and even-more-Communist America have agreed to agree that their two nations, as the leading polluters of this one planet we have here, should maybe try to do something about that.

The landmark agreement, jointly announced here by President Obama and President Xi Jinping, includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030.

Administration officials said the agreement, which was worked out quietly between the United States and China over nine months and included a letter from Mr. Obama to Mr. Xi proposing a joint approach, could galvanize efforts to negotiate a new global climate agreement by 2015.

During a joint press conference Wednesday, the two presidents said lots of nice words about each other and their very productive meeting over the last two days, during which they agreed, according to President Xi, "to continue to advance the development of a new model of major-country relations between China and the United States. We had in-depth discussions on the priority areas for advancing such relationship." We are hoping that means more Star Trek cosplay.

They also agreed that terrorism is bad, so yay! There's international consensus on that, finally.

President Obama also had some nice things to say about China too: His host has been real nice, they've had some great chit-chat and agreed on many things. But most importantly:

Today, I can also announce that the United States has set a new goal of reducing our net greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. This is an ambitious goal, but it is an achievable goal. It will double the pace at which we’re reducing carbon pollution in the United States. It puts us on a path to achieving the deep emissions reductions by advanced economies that the scientific community says is necessary to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. It will help improve public health. It will grow our economy. It will create jobs. It will strengthen our energy security, and it will put both of our nations on the path to a low-carbon economy.

We know, we know. Trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is anti-American because greenhouse gases are just God's way of giving us a warm hug. And besides, the "science" on the harms of global warming is just a theory anyway. Only 97 percent of climate scientists agree that it is A Real Thing, so clearly the president is undermining America's economy and national security by talking to a leader of a country that is not America about conceding to the tree-huggers by even discussing what we could do to maybe not kill off our planet quite so quickly. And even more importantly, many people who are definitely not scientists agree that climate change is just too tricky for non-scientists to understand, so nothing to see here, move along.

Except for how some idiots at the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate did a biased liberal study and concluded that "when the secondary benefits of greener policies -- like lower fuel costs, fewer premature deaths from air pollution and reduced medical bills -- are taken into account, the changes might wind up saving money." Saving money is good, right? Even if it means, sigh, saving the environment too?

At least the non-scientists can take some comfort in knowing that the agreement between The People's Republic of Obama's America and the United States of China does not require congressional approval, but that doesn't mean the new Republican-controlled Congress can't and won't do everything in its power to derail the agreement anyway. For freedom. And democracy. And the right to dirty up this Earth God gave us for just that purpose.

[New York Times]

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