Berlin (WKOW) -- from WI Governor's Office: Governor Jim Doyle Tuesday made a joint statement with top German officials on their common conviction that climate change and fossil fuel dependence require immediate action to advance low-carbon technology and reduce greenhouse gasses.
Governor Doyle issued the statement with German Minister for the Environment Sigmar Gabriel and German Vice Chancellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier from the conference, "Entering a New Era of Transatlantic Climate and Energy Cooperation."
"Taking on the challenge of climate change, improving our energy security and growing jobs in a clean energy economy are all closely linked, and it is imperative that we build the partnerships necessary to advance this work," Governor Doyle said. "Germany and Wisconsin have strong bonds, and we look forward to strengthening our combined efforts to confront climate change and our energy policies."
Governor Doyle and German officials agreed to intensify existing partnerships and to participate in the "Transatlantic Climate and Energy Initiative," which was initiated at the conference today in Berlin.
The Transatlantic Climate and Energy Initiative will enhance cooperation on this issue.
It will support platforms and partnerships that help North Americans and Germans exchange expertise and pave the way for joint solutions.
The joint statement agrees to promote discussions and concepts for a post-2012 climate regime that builds upon and broadens the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol in order to protect the climate from greenhouse gas emissions.