After some uncertainty, President Obama will go to Copenhagen for the UN climate conference on December 9 after all. He'll deliver a speech on the third day of the week-and-a-half-long conference on his way to Oslo, where he'll accept his Nobel Peace Prize the next day.
While the president is making a rather quick stop at the beginning of the conference--whereas most of the substantive negotiating will probably happen toward the end--the White House is dispatching a cadre of its top environmental officials to showcase the Obama climate resume during the summit.
The U.S. will host a series of side events during the conference, where
U.S. officials will speak about various dimensions of climate policy on
which they've each been working. Here's the list, released today by the
White House, of the events and their American keynote speakers:
· Wednesday, December 9th: Taking Action at Home, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
· Thursday, December 10th: New Energy Future: the role of public lands in clean
energy production and carbon capture, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
· Friday, December 11th: Clean Energy Jobs in a Global Marketplace, Commerce
Secretary Gary Locke
· Monday, December 14th: Leading in Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Energy
Secretary Steven Chu
· Tuesday, December 15th: Clean Energy Investments: creating opportunities for rural
economies, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
· Thursday, December 17th: Backing Up International Agreement with Domestic
Action, CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley and Assistant to the President Carol Browner
"I think it reflects two things, one, this is a big moment for climate talks and there's a lot of political will on the table, and two, the U.S. administration is seriously committed to locking this down," Environmental Defense Fund International Climate Media Director Andrea Welsh said, via email, of the administration's lineup of high-level speakers.