Fourth Ministerial Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
October 2011, Beijing, China
"The Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs has given this valley a front row seat for one of the most contentious debates in human history: what to do about global warming."
-Todd Wilkinson, journalist
In October 2011, JHCGA staff members David Wendt and Olivia Meigs were invited to China to attend the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, Beijing, China.
Following the Ministerial Meeting JHCGA attended the 6th Expo Central China, held in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province. Representing continued forward movement in China to reduce carbon emissions, the Expo brought together government officials and enterprise managers from six provinces in central China to discuss means of closing the economic gap with China's fast-growing coastal regions through the strategy of "comprehensive resource utilization."
David Wendt spoke at a session of the Expo devoted to the topic, "International Mining Industry and Low Carbon Investment." During this discussion, he outlined emerging opportunities for the U.S. and China to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both the mining and the combustion of coal. Appearing as a guest on Shanxi TV, Wendt commented on China's recent progress with new technologies for power generation and carbon capture and storage. In addition, he described JHCGA's role over the last decade to bring Shanxi and the state of Wyoming together to accelerate cost-effective means of reducing carbon.