California and China have reached a cooperation agreement on clean energy technologies and research to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, AP reports.
The memorandum of understanding signed on Friday with the National Development and Reform Commission was another aggressive move by California to combat climate change. The state has already passed the nation’s most ambitious greenhouse gas limits, including a so-called “cap and trade” system that put a price on carbon pollution in the state.
It came a day after China unveiled its first comprehensive plan to fight air pollution, promising significant improvements in air quality in key regions by 2017.
“I see the partnership between China and … California as a catalyst, and as a lever to change policies in the United States and, ultimately, to change policies throughout the world,” California governor Jerry Brown said.
Under the two-year commitment, Chinese and California environment and energy officials will work together to find ways to share new low-carbon technologies, as well as research and policy innovations meant to combat climate change.
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