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A Breakthrough for Climate Protection

The U.S.-China climate deal eliminates what is perhaps the biggest excuse for inaction on a wider global pact: that any other country's commitments would be meaningless until the two biggest carbon emitters acted.

Let's make a deal.

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The U.S.-China climate deal announced today in Beijing may well mark the end of finger-pointing between the two countries and the start of cooperation on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. It eliminates what is perhaps the biggest excuse for inaction on a global climate pact: that any other country's commitments would be meaningless until the two biggest carbon emitters acted.

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