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JHCGA's vision is that the tipping point to global climate action is through the transformation of global coal-producing regions, specifically in the U.S. and China, the globe's two largest economies and carbon emitters.

Towards this vision, since our founding in 2002, JHCGA has worked closely with policymakers, business leaders, technical experts, and civil society from the U.S. and China's largest coal producing regions - notably Wyoming and Shanxi. Wyoming is the U.S.'s largest producer of coal - in the past nearly 400 millions tons annually.  Shanxi is China's largest coal producer - around 1 billion tons. Wyoming and Shanxi are the two largest coal-producing regions from the two largest carbon-emitting nations, the U.S. and China.  Together, the two regions produce nearly 15% of the globe's coal.  Coal is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, contributing to global climate change.  Carbon emissions drive global climate change, impacting all of humanity.  

The International Energy Agency projects that coal will play a significant role in providing energy to global economies for decades to come.  Coal is cheap and provides dependable power. Future projections show that Asian economies will urbanize largely by depending on coal.  Unlike aging coal-fired power plants in the United States, in China, the majority of coal plants are less than 10 years old and will not be retired soon.


At the same time, coal communities like Wyoming and Shanxi that have traditionally depended on coal face an uncertain economic future.  With the advent of cheap natural gas and increasing demand for renewable energy, coal production and consumption has been on the decline in the U.S. These communities have lost or are losing economic opportunity by way of jobs and tax revenue. To aggravate this challenge further, coal communities have economies that are largely undiversified. Many of these challenges are true in Shanxi as well. 

These are the global, macro, economic and environmental challenges that we grapple with.  How can coal communities in the U.S. and China achieve economic diversification while also reducing their global carbon emissions role?  To respond to these important questions, since our founding, we have played a lead role in convening hundreds of public and private sector leaders from Wyoming, Shanxi, and elsewhere around the world in joint collaborative leadership efforts. Through meetings, site visits, partnerships, and Memoranda of Understanding organized as part of this project, JHCGA has pushed the agenda on a range of energy issues impacting Wyoming, Shanxi, the U.S., and China, and by extension all impacted by global climate change.


为了实现这一愿景,自2002年成立以来,JHCGA一直与来自美国和中国最大煤炭产区--特别是怀俄明州和山西--的政策制定者、商界领袖、技术专家和民间社会密切合作。 怀俄明州是美国最大的煤炭生产国-过去每年近400数百万吨。 山西是中国最大的煤炭生产国-近10亿吨。 煤炭是碳最密集的化石燃料,导致全球气候变化。 怀俄明州和山西是美国两个最大的碳排放国的两个最大的煤炭生产区。 还有中国。 美国和中国煤炭的全球排放量占全球所有来源二氧化碳排放总量350亿吨的20%以上。 碳排放推动全球气候变化,影响全人类。 即使在怀俄明州的杰克逊霍尔,我们的原始环境也受到气候变化的威胁,如野火,水资源短缺,极端天气和栖息地破坏等可能性增加。

国际能源署预测,煤炭将在未来几十年为全球经济提供能源方面发挥重要作用。 煤炭价格便宜,提供可靠的电力。 未来的预测显示,亚洲经济将在很大程度上依靠煤炭实现城市化。 与美国老化的燃煤电厂不同,在中国,大多数煤电厂都不到10年,不会很快退休。


与此同时,像怀俄明州和山西这样传统上依赖煤炭的煤炭社区面临着不确定的经济前景。 随着廉价天然气的出现和对可再生能源的需求不断增加,煤炭生产和消费一直在下降美国这些社区已经失去或正在失去就业和税收收入的经济机会。 为了进一步加剧这一挑战,煤炭社区的经济基本上没有分化。 其中许多挑战在山西也是如此。

这些是我们所应对的全球、宏观、经济和环境挑战。 美国和中国的煤炭社区如何实现经济多元化,同时减少其全球碳排放的作用? 为了回应这些重要问题,自我们成立以来,我们在召集来自怀俄明州,山西和世界各地的数百名公共和私营部门领导人共同协作领导努力方面发挥了领 通过作为该项目的一部分组织的会议、实地考察、伙伴关系和谅解备忘录,JHCGA推动了一系列影响怀俄明州、山西、美国和中国的能源问题的议程,并最终受到全球气候变化的影响。

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