Commissioner Hedegaard to visit United States next week
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, will visit California and Washington DC from 4-8 April for meetings on climate change policy with federal and state administration officials, members of the US Congress, green technology business leaders and other stakeholders.
In California Commissioner Hedegaard's programme includes meetings with Governor Jerry Brown and Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, as well as with Google's 'Green Energy Czar, Bill Weihl, and the President of Duke Energy, James Rogers.
She will also speak at the Brainstorm Green 2011 conference organised by Fortune Magazine. In Washington DC, Commissioner Hedegaard will have meetings with, among others, Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency; representatives of the Republican Party; and Congressmen Henry Waxman and Edward Markey, the authors of a comprehensive climate and energy bill approved in 2009 by the House of Representatives, but not by the Senate.
She will also speak at an event on climate security and green technology organised by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.