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Vice President Al Gore Touts Spain’s Leadership in Energy and Infrastructure

March 20, 2009

Vice President Al Gore recognized Spain as one of the world’s top innovators of renewable energy and high-speed rail transportation.

Speaking at the Spain-U.S. Business Sustainability Conference on March 17, Gore cited improved energy and climate technologies as the key to solving three of the most pressing global issues – the global economic crisis, climate crisis and security crisis. He said that if you looked for the common thread between the three, it is an overdependence on outdated, heavily polluting carbon-based technologies.

“The convergence of the problems is very clear,” Gore said. “Green infrastructure is the option of choice to solve the climate and economic crisis. We need sources that are free forever, like the sun, wind and earth. Spain is one of the leading countries in all of these areas.”

Al Gore, speaking at the Spain-US Business Sustainability Conference

He also stressed the close working relationship between U.S. and Spanish businesses and their role in helping speed the creation and adoption of advanced, green technology.

“Renewable energy production, high-speed transport systems and infrastructure construction and management are the best ways to stimulate the global economy and help address the climate crisis,” Gore continued. “We need leadership in both the political and business sectors. The close working relationship between Spain and the U.S. in these areas is a model for all others to follow.”

His Royal Highness, Felipe de Borbón, reiterated Spain’s political commitment to solving environmental problems, stimulating investment in these sectors, promoting business cooperation and ensuring Spain remains at the forefront of renewable technologies.

“This conference is a major milestone in the relationship between Spain and the United States, both in the private and public sectors,” said the Prince. “The idea of sustainable growth should underlie the solutions for Spain’s economy and environment. Only by working together with U.S. businesses and government as well as coordinating our needs and priorities can we get our countries, and world, back on track.”


Bill Clinton praises Spain’s fight against poverty and climate change

November 19, 2007


zapatero_clinton.jpgFormer U.S President Bill Clinton praised Spanish efforts to fight poverty and global warming as Spain’s Prime Minister committed to raise contributions to the ‘Clinton Global Initiative.

«The collaboration with this initiative is going to be extraordinary important» said Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero after meeting with Clinton for an hour at the Moncloa palace. «It’s going to benefit millions of people and it’s going to help the good intentions of many citizens become a reality».

Spain contributed 1 million dollars to this private foundation via the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation in September, in funds destined for projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the donations were going to increase, especially in the areas of global warming and education.

The Clinton Global Initiative strives to be a ‘non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.’

Mr Clinton praised Spain at a joint press conference with the Spanish PM as an example of economic growth compatible with the fight against poverty and climate change.

«I’m very happy about the announcement today because of the example that Spain has set» said Clinton. He added that the contribution and cooperation of governments with private institutions and groups like his one «could literally change the future».

This announcement comes hard on the heels of another pledge by the Spanish Government made at the Ibero-American Summit recently held in Chile.  Zapatero commited to grant 1.5 billion U.S. dollars to establish a water fund in the next four year, saying 58 million people lack access to drinking water in Latin America and another 138 million lack sanitation.