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Diplomacy in Action

Clean Energy and Mitigated Effects of Climate Change


We are working to address the interlinked challenges of energy security, low-carbon economies, and mitigating the effects of climate change. The Western Hemisphere has a comparative advantage in the development of alternative energies and is attracting a broad array of interested partner nations, institutions, and private enterprises.

Working through the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) announced by President Obama at the 2009 Summit of the Americas, we support the development of low-emissions, green economies in the region. We have voluntary partnerships and bilateral agreements with several countries in the region that support these objectives. Through ECPA, we have invited other Western Hemisphere countries to work collaboratively to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, develop cleaner fossil fuels, enhance energy infrastructure, reduce energy poverty, reduce emissions from deforestation and adapt to the impacts of climate change.


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