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Governor Doyle to co-host global climate summit

MADISON (WKOW) -- From the Office of Governor Jim Doyle:

Governor Jim Doyle announced today that he will co-host the Governors' Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles on November 18 and 19.  This international summit, hosted by Governor Schwarzenegger of California, will bring together world leaders to develop creative, collaborative actions to advance the global climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will be negotiated in Poland in December and in Copenhagen next year. The Governors' summit also provides an opportunity for states and provinces to partner to reduce emissions and grow green economies.

"Wisconsin is taking the lead to develop clean energy and address the challenge of climate change on a state, regional, and international level," Governor Doyle said.  "This trip is an opportunity to strengthen important relationships with business and government officials nationally and internationally and develop climate change strategies that will save us money, create jobs, help secure our world and improve our air and water."

The summit will feature discussions on monitoring and reporting of climate change emissions and the sectoral approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a report by government, industry, and environmental leaders on the global response to climate change, and a commitment to future action.

At the close of the summit, world leaders will sign a joint declaration agreeing to pursue collaborative action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create opportunities to grow green economies. The declaration will help advance efforts being undertaken by national governments for the next global agreement on climate change.

Governor Doyle has made clean energy a top priority of his administration. In 2007, Governor Doyle created the Office of Energy Independence to promote efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil and advance renewable energy initiatives.  Governor Doyle's plan for energy independence includes:  Generating 25 percent of our electricity and 25 percent of the fuels for our cars and trucks from renewable sources by the year 2025; capturing 10 percent of the market share for renewable energy and bioproducts, and utilizing Wisconsin's tremendous capability for research to become the country's leader in making alternative energies more affordable and available to all.

This year he unveiled his plan, Clean Energy Wisconsin, and the first round of grants to support clean energy innovation. The next steps in reaching a clean energy future will require Wisconsin to make targeted investments, develop new energy supplies, and focus on climate stewardship.  Clean Energy Wisconsin, moves Wisconsin forward by:

  • Promoting an affordable, renewable, and diverse energy supply
  • Targeting investments in job creation and new business opportunities
  • Creating energy security and efficiency
  • Improving our environment

Governor Doyle is the co-lead of the Midwest Governor's Association clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

In September, the Governor went to Berlin, Germany to meet with government and renewable energy business leaders and address an international conference on climate change.  Earlier this year, Wisconsin signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom to commit to collaborative efforts to halt global warming and advance clean energy technologies.

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