Obama and Canadian PM Trudeau unveil efforts to fight climate change

Obama and Canadian PM Trudeau unveil efforts to fight climate change

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The two leaders pledged to reduce earth-warming emissions of methane gas "by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 from the oil and gas sector."

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled new plans Thursday to combat climate change and preserve the Arctic.

The two leaders pledged to reduce earth-warming emissions of methane gas “by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 from the oil and gas sector, and explore new opportunities for additional methane reduction.”

In a joint statement, the leaders promised that their countries “will play a leadership role internationally in the low carbon global economy over the coming decades.”

“Methane is upwards of 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the planet,” Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy. “It has become clear that it is time for the E.P.A. to take additional action to regulate existing sources in the oil and gas sector.”

The two nations agreed to work together to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and to join and sign the Agreement as soon as feasible.

Obama and Trudeau’s agenda in the Arctic includes preserving the livelihood of indigenous peoples and taking indigenous knowledge into decision making, conserving Arctic biodiversity and taking a sustainable approach to gathering Arctic resources.

Trudeau is visiting the White House Thursday, marking the first such visit by a Canadian Prime Minister in 19 years.

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