Once the US finalises the civil nuclear deal with India, it will help one of the world's fastest growing economies to meet the aspirations of its people by launching a second green revolution, American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.
Opening the US-hosted two-day meeting of the 'Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change' in Washington, she also said global leaders now have a responsibility to forge a new international consensus on how to address climate change.
"With India, we have negotiated an agreement to open a path of cooperation on civil nuclear energy and technology. Once finalised, this agreement will help one of the world's fastest-growing energy consumers to meet its people's economic aspirations by launching a second green revolution," Rice said in her inaugural address.
"And in Asia, we helped to bring the two largest developing countries -- China and India -- together with other regional states to form the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. Working with major global leaders of private industry, our governments are seeking to share new technologies that can fuel economic development, and that is both sustainable and environmentally sound," she added.
"We've come together today because we agree that climate change is a real problem and that human beings are contributing to it. The best science tells us exactly this. Now it is our responsibility as global leaders to forge a new international consensus on how to address climate change," the top US administration official said.