On May 3, President Obama called clean energy as a way to fight climate change as well as improve trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Speaking in Mexico City, the President praised both America’s and Mexico’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions through renewable energy sources like solar and wind energy. President Obama encouraged creating a new energy partnership between the two countries by developing energy sources and investing in green buildings and energy efficiency technology.

The following day, speaking before business leaders in San Jose, Costa Rica, President Obama called for clean energy collaboration, saying: “Let’s network companies that are advancing new renewable energy strategies and see if we can have more joint ventures and projects. Because it’s my view that if any of us find good answers to renewable energy, that will spread like wildfire and everybody will ultimately benefit. It almost doesn’t matter where the innovations occur because they’ll be readily transferable around the world.”