The U.S. seeks to unite countries in the Western Hemisphere in a common bid to address climate change, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu wrote in an opinion piece published by The Miami Herald and La Opinion.
“The Americas are blessed with talent, ingenuity and resources, and we can go further, faster by working together than by working alone,” the two officials said.
Clinton and Chu also outlined several climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives that countries in the Americas are already undertaking, including Costa Rica’s forest conservation project, Brazil’s focus on biofuel technology and Colombia’s electricity integration effort, among others.
“By cooperating on energy and climate, the nations of the Americas can all benefit from these advances,” Clinton and Chu said, before describing current collaborative efforts in the region.
The U.S. and the Inter-American Development Bank are leading an effort to link various energy efficiency centers and clean energy projects across the Americas.
In the meeting of American energy ministers to be hosted by the U.S. this week, Clinton and Chu said more collaborative efforts will be explored.