August 11, 2009
The United States, Canada and Mexico affirmed Monday they would cooperate on efforts to fight climate change.
During trilateral discussions at the North American Leaders Summit, President Barack Obama, President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, focused on energy and climate change, among other topics, and agreed to initiatives for carbon capture and storage (CCS), gas flaring reduction, energy efficiency and smart grids.
In addition the leaders committed to working together to establish infrastructure for greenhouse gas emissions trading and to achieve carbon-neutral growth in the North American aviation sector
"We made progress toward the concrete goals that will be negotiated at the Copenhagen climate change summit in December," Obama told reporters. "And I again want to commend Mexico for its leadership in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and President Calderon for his innovative proposals to help developing countries build clean, sustainable economies."
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"Time is running out," Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, siad Monday.