Senators to Kerry: Hammer out climate deal with India

Kerry, in an op-ed in online magazine Grist, said earlier this week that climate change would be a focal point in his trip to India.

The lawmakers said an agreement Obama struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month to reduce production, consumption and emissions of HFCs, which are used in air conditioners and refrigerators, could provide momentum for similar accords with India.

“The announcement with China is an enormous credit to your leadership, and hopefully a template which can be employed with Indian leaders as well,” the senators said.

In a statement announcing the agreement, the White House noted a global reduction of HFCs could decrease 90 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050.

Heather Zichal, Obama’s top climate and energy adviser, referred that accord at a recent Capitol Hill event. She said the president’s second-term international climate agenda is ripe for a few more “deliverables” and noted the upcoming dialogue with India.