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Statement of U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Meetings With Indian Leaders

November 13, 2009 - 12:00am

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Today I have had the opportunity to meet with Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and other distinguished Indian leaders.  We had productive discussions about the opportunities for partnerships between our two countries on clean energy technologies.

Meeting the climate and clean energy challenge is a top priority for President Obama. In the past ten months, the United States has demonstrated its renewed commitment to these goals both by supporting domestic policies that advance clean energy, climate security, and economic recovery; and by vigorously re-engaging the international community through bi-lateral relationships, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, the G20, and the UN negotiations.

The U.S. will continue to work hard toward combating climate change and reaching a strong international agreement that puts the world on a pathway to a clean energy future. Working together, we can meet the clean energy and climate challenge in a way that will drive sustainable, low-carbon economic growth in the 21st century.

President Obama is working with Congress to advance comprehensive climate and energy legislation. Legislation that passed through the House would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Similar legislation is moving through the Senate.

Tackling climate change and moving toward a clean energy economy requires action both at home and abroad, and I am encouraged by the progress we are seeing on both fronts."

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