Wyoming Policy Makers Delegation to China
June 2014, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Ningxia Hua
"Your organization has tremendous credibility. The Wyoming Legislature and Executive Branch in Cheyenne need to know what an asset you are to the state".
-Tom Lubnau, Former Speaker, Wyoming House of Representatives
In 2014, JHCGA organized the first ever Wyoming House Legislative leadership trip to Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Ningxia to meet with fellow policy makers in China in these coal-producing provinces to discuss pathways forward and enhanced value opportunities for coal.
This state to province delegation was organized in cooperation with U. S. Department of Energy; the China Council for Promotion of International Trade, Shanxi Branch; the Foreign Affairs Office of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region; the Foreign Affairs Office of Shaanxi Province; and the Shaanxi Provincial Institute for Energy Resources & Chemical Engineering.
The Delegation yielded the following Summary Report and Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Wyoming and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Shanxi Branch.
Upon returning the Wyoming, House Leadership showcased a Powerpoint in town hall and constituent meetings discussing the leadership trip, what is happening in China, and what it could mean for Wyoming's coal future as it relates to technologies such as Enhanced Oil Recovery Technologies as potential pathways forward for coal.
Members of 2014 Wyoming Delegation
Tom Lubnau, Speaker, Wyoming House of Representatives (leader of delegation)
Tim Stubson, Majority Whip, Wyoming House of Representatives
Mary Throne, Minority Floor Leader, Wyoming House of Representatives
John L. Freeman, Wyoming House of Representatives
Dustin Bleizeffer, Editor-in-Chief, Wyofile
Zunsheng (John) Jiao, Chief Geologist, Carbon Management Institute, University of Wyoming
Olivia Meigs, Director of Communications, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs
Mark Newcomb, Board of Directors, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs
Matthew Targett, Vice President, Research and Development, LP Amina
Shi Zhenchun, President, Peabody China
David Wendt, President, Jackson Hole Center for Global Afffairs
News coverage of the 2014 legislative delegation from Wyoming:
Dustin Bleizeffer, "Reasons differ, but Wyo and China agree on cutting C02 from coal"
Michael Polhamus, "Wyoming delegates go to China to talk coal"
Dustin Bleizeffer, "Wyoming lawmakers talk carbon cooperation in China Summit"