Contact: Laura Smith, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162
MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced today a series of events at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Governor Doyle will join a delegation of leaders in Copenhagen from December 14-18, 2009, including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Quebec Premier Jean Charest, South Australia Premier Mike Rann, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
“With a global focus on climate change, Wisconsin is well positioned to become a worldwide leader in a clean energy economy,” Governor Doyle said. ”We’re using our traditional manufacturing base to build a world leading green industry – conducting research, focusing on high end, green manufacturing and creating jobs while taking on the challenges of climate change. We’re making Wisconsin the place to do business in a clean energy economy.”
At the conference, Governor Doyle will showcase Wisconsin as a leader in clean-energy jobs, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On Thursday, December 17, Governor Doyle will offer remarks at an event at the U.S. Center entitled “Leadership and Innovation by States and Tribes in the U.S.” The event provides an important opportunity to discuss the state’s work to build a clean energy economy and create jobs. A video link to the event will be available through the U.S. State Department at http://cop15.state.gov/uscenter/.
In Copenhagen, Governor Doyle will work with business, governmental and environmental leaders from around the world to advocate for an agreement that recognizes the important role of states like Wisconsin in a global solution to climate change.
Other highlights include:
* Remarks at “Beyond Cap and Trade: Subnational Leadership – Sooner. Stronger.”, a United Nations sponsored event hosted by the Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center and The Climate Registry. Governor Doyle will be joined by Governors, Canadian Premiers and sub-national leaders.
* Remarks at “U.S. Climate Leadership: Local, State and Federal Actions”, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
* Remarks at the Opening Session of the Climate Leaders Summit 2009 with other leaders from around the world, hosted by the Climate Group.
* Meetings with green industry leaders throughout the world, including Vestas, GE, Novozymes and Danisco.
* Meetings with environmental and government leaders, including Premier Selinger of Manitoba.
Since taking office, Governor Doyle has had an aggressive agenda to position Wisconsin as a leader in clean-energy jobs and green energy. As a result, Wisconsin has adopted renewable portfolio standards, invested in green job creation, led the advancement of research in cellulosic ethanol and biomass, and made great strides to increase energy efficiency in homes, businesses and government buildings.