"We Chinese are not standing by to see the world suffer from climate change; we are part of the world."
-Ma Zhengang, President, China Institute of International Studies, PRC, September 2006
In September 2006, towards the promotion of clean coal technologies in China, the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs, General Electric, and the Foreign Affairs Office of Shanxi Provincial Government and the Development and Reform Committee of Shanxi Province met in Taiyuan, China. The agenda focused on U.S.-China commercial colaboration in integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) and other coal gasification technologies, resulting in a MOU of future cooperation.
National environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson, accompanied a delegation of officials from the U.S. and JHCGA to attend the U.S.-China Clean Coal Forum in the Chinese city of Taiyuan, located in the province of Shanxi. Sitting in on meetings with Chinese government officials in Beijing, the following are his thoughts:
Column 1: "Jackson is finding role on world stage"
Column 2: "Can cowboy diplomats build new bridge to China?"
Column 3: "What is political tipping point with climate policy?"
Column 4: "Capturing CO2 must be part of any plan for coal"
Column 5: "A better future: We must try to get there from here"
U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum
September 2006, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province
Vice Governor Song Beishan of Shanxi Province hosting a reception for WY State Senate President Grant Larson and the U.S. delegation
The U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum, in Taiyuan, capital city of Shanxi Province
(from left) Rob Wallace, General Electric; Susan Capalbo, Montana State University; Judd Swift, Office of Fossil Energy; U.S. Department of Energy; Tian Xizhao, JHCGA Special Representative in China; John Turner, (co-chair) U.S. Department of State
Wu Yin, Director General, Energy Bureau, National Development and Reform Commission in China, Co-chair; Wang Xiaoping, General Electric Energy China
--(from left) Grant Larson (co-chair) Wyoming State Senate; David Wendt, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs; John Turner, (co-chair) U.S. Department of State (retired) Shi Dinghuan (co-chair) Ministry of Science and Technology
Memorandum of Understanding signing Ceremony between The Shanxi Provincial Government, General Electric and the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs to promote and explore the mutual benefits of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle
Exchange of gifts between Grant Larson, WY State Senate President and Vice Governor Song Beishan of Shanxi Province