Governors Li Xiaopeng and Matt Mead Meet for the First Time
June 2015, Cheyenne, WY
Governor Matt Mead presenting a gift to Governor Li Xiaopeng at the first meeting between the governors from the world's two leading coal-producing regions - the most carbon intensive fuel.
Governor Li Xiaopeng of Shanxi Province and Governor Mead meet in the Wyoming capitol Building with the Shanxi delegation to discuss cooperation on reducing carbon emissions from coal and establishing state to province relations in an effort to transition from high carbon resources to low carbon development.
Shanxi Governor Li Xiaopeng, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, House Speaker Kermit Brown, U. of Wyoming faculty John Jiao; (2nd) Wang Fu Director General Shanxi PDRC, Lian Yimin, Shanxi Secretary General, Senate Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss, Senate President Phil Nicholas, House Rep. John Freeman; (3rd) Feng Rui Director of Shanxi Science & Tech Dep., Zhang Zhichuan Director General, Shanxi Foreign Office, Wu Tao Director General General Shanxi Finance Dep., Mary Throne House Minority Leader
Governor Li Xiaopeng presents a gift to JHCGA president, David Wendt - a scroll remembering General Guan Yunchang, a famous, revered, and courageous general of the Three Kingdom period.
(L to R) Zhang Zhichuan Director General Shanxi Foreign Affairs Office, Wang Fu Director General Shanxi Provincial Development & Reform Commission, Olivia Meigs JHCGA Director of Communications, Robert Youngberg JHCGA Special Advisor, David Wendt, President JHCGA, Shanxi Governor Li Xiaopeng, David Mohler Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Energy, Lian Yimin Shanxi Secretary General, Nathan Wendt JHCGA Washington D.C. Representative, Wu Tao Director General Shanxi Finance Department
Vijay Sethi, Vice President for Energy Production and Generation gives power point briefing to Governor Li Xiaopeng before a site tour of the Western Research Institute
Governor Li Xiaopeng and Shanxi delegation on a site tour of the Western Research Institute
University of Wyoming
University of Wyoming President McGinity greets Governor Li Xiaopeng and introduces colleagues at the Univerisity of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.
At U. of Wyoming Energy Innovation Ctr; (L to R) Zhang Zhichuan Director General Shanxi Foreign Affairs Office, Lian Yimin Shanxi Secretary General, Senate President Phil Nicholas, Shanxi Governor Li Xiaopeng, U. of Wyoming President Richard F. McGinity, House Speaker Kermit Brown, David Mohler Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Energy, (2nd row) U. of Wyoming faculty John Jiao, U. of Wyoming faculty Richard Hoerne, David Wendt President JHCGA, Robert Youngberg Special Advisor JHCGA
"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:
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