U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today made the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement of a climate deal with China.

"When the President talks about lowering global carbon emissions - what's he's really saying is he wants to push through his failed cap-and-trade policy that will make energy prices skyrocket here at home," said Vitter. "There's nothing ‘breakthrough' about Obama's attempt to pass failed policy, or having China tell us that maybe in 15 years they'll try to reduce their emissions."

Vitter has been critical of some of President Obama's proposed energy policies, some of which are similar to European policies that have contributed to energy insecurity and economic decline. Click here to read more.

Vitter also has legislation to prohibit the regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., until China, India and Russia implement similar reductions. China's verbal commitment to hopefully stop increasing emissions does not qualify for implementing reductions. Click here to read more.