Clinton praises Masdar clean energy initiatives

US Secretary of State visitis Abu Dhabi's ecological city

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at Masdar in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at Masdar in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the efforts being made by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology during a visit to the Abu Dhabi development yesterday.

Clinton, in the UAE capital as part of an official visit to the region to help reinforce its security links with regional nations, commended Masdar’s ambition and commitment to pursuing and commercialising renewable energy and clean technology.

Clinton told an audience, “UAE is so well positioned to compete in the 21st century because of your commitment to clean, renewable energy. We are fully committed to supporting your work and we will do everything we can through our academic institutions, like MIT, through our government, like the Department of Energy and the State Department, and through our private sector, to bring more jobs and to bring more innovative entrepreneurial spirit here to the UAE.

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“I want my country to know how advanced you are in pursuing clean renewable energy,” she said, adding, “I want the world to know that the US is partnering with you because we are betting on Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We are betting that this incredible investment represented by Masdar is going to pay off, and when it pays off it will not only mean a better life for the people of this country and this region, it will have ripple effects throughout the world.”

“How do we develop sustainable energy sources that can power our cities without contributing to climate change? How do we create technologies that are scalable and both use less power and are widely affordable? How do we supply water for drinking and farming in places where fresh water sources are decreasing? How do we achieve economic growth without relying so heavily on fossil fuels, where they are drilling for them, selling them, buying them or burning them?”

“Now these challenges are pressing across the world, but they are especially significant here in the Gulf. We know that oil supplies are shrinking, water tables decline. The old strategies for growth and prosperity and growth will no longer work. For too many people in too many places, the status quo today is unsustainable and the UAE is leading our work and the path we must take into the future,” she said.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO and Managing Director of Masdar, the Abu Dhabi based company focused on the development and deployment of sustainable energy solutions.

Al Jaber said: “We are privileged and honored to welcome Secretary Clinton to Abu Dhabi and Masdar. Cooperation between our nations is built on mutual trust, respect and friendship. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship by working together to address the challenges of delivering viable, scalable clean energy to the world.

“Secretary Clinton’s visit to Masdar is a testament to the strength of this relationship and our leadership’s commitment to the development of renewable energy and climate change mitigation,”  he added.
 

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