Wisconsin partners with U.K. in commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

MADISON — Wisconsin became an international partner in the fight against global warming yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom that encourages collaboration between the two in the effort to reduce global warming pollution.

“Under the leadership of Governor Doyle, Wisconsin has become a regional leader in reducing global warming pollution,” said Mark Redsten, executive director at Clean Wisconsin. “This agreement ushers in a new international era in Wisconsin’s commitment to reduce global warming pollution.”

The agreement, signed by Governor Doyle and Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom, encourages increased research in technologies that will reduce global warming pollution, such as renewable energy sources, and seeks to increase public awareness of global warming issues.

“Partnering together will provide Wisconsin and the United Kingdom with the opportunity to share valuable new ideas and technologies that reduce global warming pollution” Redsten said. “Everyone benefits from sharing research and technological advances that address this worldwide problem,” he said.

With the signing yesterday, Wisconsin became the fourth state to sign such an agreement with the U.K. Florida, California and Michigan have all signed similar agreements.

“Global warming is an international problem that must be addressed at both local and international levels,” Redsten said. “This partnership with the U.K. affirms Wisconsin’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establishes the state as an international leader in the fight against global warming.”