News Tip: China Cap-and-Trade Program Removes Justification for U.S. Inaction, Expert Says

China is expected to announce the details of a cap-and-trade program which will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, as part of measures aimed to address climate change.

Quote: "China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for 30 percent of emissions. Anything done to ensure that the reduction targets announced earlier this year are met would be atmospherically significant. Legitimate action by China on climate change also removes a major justification for political inaction by the United States."

•    Bio:Tim Profeta, director of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, focuses on adaptive use of current environmental laws to address environmental challenges. His work has included developing legislative proposals for cost containment and economic efficiency in greenhouse gas mitigation programs and facilitating climate and energy design processes for several states.•    Archive video interview on how energy is produced around the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbzx0cMtKKw •    For additional comment, contact Tim Profeta at: tim.profeta@duke.edu 

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