Climate change scarcely figures in the debate in Washington about how to deal with China. Yet climate change is perhaps America’s foremost national security challenge today, and the United States and China hold the key. The two countries are the world’s two top emitters of greenhouse gases, not to mention the two most powerful countries overall. Whether the planet remains habitable is in large part up to them. Will the United States and China decarbonize their own economies and work to green the global economy? Will they give priority instead to zero-sum political, economic, and military conflict?
The Quincy Institute has asked a slate of distinguished analysts to assess how the United States should change its relationship with China in order to prevent and mitigate climate chaos. They weigh in below with strategies and policies — and warn that continuing down the path of cold war may doom the planet.