U.S. President Barack Obama and Argentina's
President Mauricio Macri agreed on Wednesday to take joint steps
to fight climate change including working to cut carbon
emissions from air flights and integrating solar and wind power
into electricity grids.
Obama is visiting Argentina for two days to reset diplomatic
relations and strengthen trade ties, marking a rapprochement
after more than a decade of sour relations.
The two countries committed to signing last year's Paris
global climate agreement as soon as feasible and Argentina plans
to enhance its contribution under the plan, a fact sheet on the
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited
world leaders to sign the Paris agreement in New York on April
In addition, "the two governments will cooperate on scaling
up renewables, including through U.S. assistance on market
reform, system optimization, and integrating renewable energy in
the power grid," said the fact sheet, issued by the White House.
The countries, both of which are big oil and natural gas
producers, also agreed to "promote safe and responsible
development of unconventional oil and gas resources."
The United States will coordinate visits by Argentine
officials to U.S. shale gas fields and other unconventional
petroleum drilling sites, the agreement said.
In the bilateral announcement, Argentina said it would
strengthen the national climate change plan it submitted as part
of the U.N. climate agreement.
Obama has said the United States remains committed to
carrying out its own national climate strategy, despite a
Supreme Court ruling last month that froze a key regulation to
curb power plant emissions.
Obama said despite the legal setback he is "very confident"
that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan is
on "strong legal footing."