Gov. to meet with U.N. Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who recently called for a series of meetings with world leaders to begin discussion on a global climate change solution, will meet with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tomorrow and tour a San Jose business that’s developing greenhouse-gas emission reduction technology.

“The Secretary-General has made climate change one of his top priorities at the U.N. and has taken swift action, calling for world leaders to work together to develop a global consensus on fighting global climate change,” Schwarzenegger said in a news release. “A critical part of the global solution must address the needs of fast-growing economies like China and India and we have innovative technologies to make that happen right here in California. I am eager to show the Secretary-General our state’s advancements in technology that may help to reduce emissions and hope we can work with the United Nations on their commitment to building a global solution.”

UC Berkeley research has shown that in 2006, California received more than $1.1 billion in cleantech investment, about 44 percent of the U.S. total. Of that, Silicon Valley received about 60 percent. California also led the way in cleantech venture investments in 2006, bringing in a total of $1.1 billion, a 127 percent increase from the 2005 total. And the five most active global investors in clean technology all operate out of California: Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Khosla Ventures, Nth Power, Rockport Capital Partners and DFJ Element.

“California’s green industry is on the cutting edge of the technologies that may assist these countries in reducing their environmental impact, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to promote this,” the governor said.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.