Li Junfeng of China's National Development and Reform Commission has provided a helpful comparison of China's climate pledge and that of leading developed countries. He concludes that China is making significant contributions comparable to that of developed countries, based on a number of indicators we'll discuss below.
There are five months remaining until COP21; however, there are less than 10 days of negotiations left until the Paris meeting -- only two more meetings of negotiators, one in August and one in October. This is not very much time at all to finalize the conditions of the framework and have all parties agree to implementation.
The United States has the technological imperative to lead on clean energy. We have the economic imperative to engage in job creation that is good for all of creation. We have the moral responsibility to protect our planet for future generations. And with the pope's encyclical, science and technology truly can be the answer to our prayers.