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Delegate Evan Hansen to take part in UN COP28 local weather convention in Dubai

MORGANTOWN – Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, heads to Dubai within the United Arab Emirates on Monday to take part within the United Nations Local weather Change Convention COP28.

He’ll be taking part in two panel discussions, on Wednesday and Friday, he mentioned.

He advised The Dominion Put up he’s been concerned in vitality transition points within the Legislature, ensuring individuals in impacted coal communities have new investments and alternatives, which is how he got here to be invited.

Additionally, he mentioned, he’s been taking part for a few years in a sequence of conferences organized by the Jackson Gap Heart for International Affairs – primarily based in Jackson Gap, Wyo. – that connects West Virginia and Wyoming (one other coal state) state leaders with leaders in China to debate mutual vitality transition points.

He was amongst a small group of individuals from each states invited to take part at COP28, and the one West Virginia consultant, he mentioned.

The Wednesday panel is named “The Elephant within the Room: Simply and Inclusive Transitions in Fossil Gasoline Areas.”

Friday’s panel considerations the China-U.S. Observe II Dialogue on Local weather Finance and follows on the heels of the mid-November announcement that the USA and China reached new agreements to work collectively on greenhouse gasoline emission reductions and the rollout of renewable sources of vitality.

They international locations agreed, the White Home reported, “to sufficiently speed up renewable vitality deployment of their respective economies by 2030 from 2020 ranges in order to speed up the substitution for coal, oil and gasoline technology.”

Reuters reported that a lot of the deal with China at COP28 will probably be on its ongoing program to construct extra coal-fired energy crops, and Beijing’s reluctance to decide to a concrete goal to chop fossil gasoline use because it tries to ensure vitality safety and financial development.

Reuters mentioned China envoy Xie Zhenhua advised diplomats in September that phasing out fossil fuels was “unrealistic” whereas key applied sciences like vitality storage remained immature.

Hansen acknowledged that China is urgent forward with coal-fired plant building, to be able to attain areas of the nation with out electrical energy.

“They’re in a distinct place than we’re by way of local weather coverage,” he mentioned. However the U.S. and China are the world’s two largest economies and largest carbon emitters. “To ensure that actual progress to be made in addressing local weather change, each international locations should eventuality cut back their emissions.”

However China has pledged, he mentioned, to attain peak CO2 emissions by 2030 and be carbon impartial by 2060. And whereas China remains to be constructing out its coal infrastructure, it additionally has made large investments in renewable vitality, particularly photo voltaic.

Hansen mentioned he’ll be a part of a small group touring collectively. Aside from the panels, they’ll discuss collectively about some successes they’ve had in diversifying their state economies and the challenges they face. They’ll even be making ready inquiries to study what different international locations are doing.

Hansen talked about China steadily being talked about, within the Legislature and on the U.S. Capitol, because the world’s main CO2 emitter, and about cynicism concerning its sincerity on change.

“I feel that’s a reliable query that there’s a variety of good debate about,” he mentioned. However, “We’re all on the identical planet and we’re all impacted by the results of local weather change irrespective of how a lot we emit. … China and the USA each have to make important progress, and I feel world leaders perceive that.”

Hansen famous that whereas he’s taking part as a delegate, no public cash is funding his journey.

When Hansen returns, The Dominion Put up will discuss with him once more to study his time at COP28.

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