Governors Li Xiaopeng and Matt Mead Meet for the First Time

June 2015, Cheyenne, WY


"As an important coal producer and energy base in our respective countries, as long as we join hands and work together we will definitely be able to accomplish much more in promoting the safe clean and efficient use of coal resources.  Not only will we bring great benefits to the peoples of our two regions, we will also be able to make our share of contribution to the world's energy security and its efforts in responding to climate change."

- Zhang Zhichuan, Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office, Shanxi Province



Shanxi in China and Wyoming in the U.S. are their countries’ largest coal-producing provinces/states, accounting for 17.7% of the world’s total coal production.   So when the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (JHCGA) brought Governor Li of Shanxi and Governor Mead of Wyoming together in June 2015 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, there were large issues at stake relating to the future of coal – the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel.   Can carbon dioxide be separated from the coal combustion waste stream and utilized and/or stored on a cost-effective basis?  What are some of the other uses besides power generation for which coal can be utilized, and how can this be done in a way which reduces carbon dioxide emissions?  Can carbon dioxide itself be converted into other products and processes?  


Prior to meeting with Governor Mead, Governor Li toured advanced coal combustion and conversion facilities at the Western Research Institute in Laramie and heard presentations on related research and development activities at the University of Wyoming.  The meeting with Governor Mead, which included Republican and Democratic leaders of the state legislature, and a senior representative from the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C., reviewed progress on plans for coal conversion, carbon dioxide utilization, and strategies for energy conservation and emissions reduction relating to coal. 


The two sides agreed to explore further avenues of cooperation, including academic and research collaboration and the establishment of formal ties, such as a “brother relationship,” as Governor Li put it.  Governor Li invited JHCGA and other representatives from Wyoming to speak at and participate in Shanxi’s low-carbon development forum in September 2015.  Governor Li invited JHCGA to establish an office in Shanxi’s new “innovation city,” located in the provincial capital of Taiyuan.  


JHCGA will continue to promote this ongoing critically important global partnership between Shanxi Province and Wyoming. 


Read about this visit and coal, climate change, China, and Obama here:


"Todd Wilkinson’s Interview with David Wendt of the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs on coal, climate change, Wyoming, China and Obama"





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