Launch of the Utah-Qinghai EcoPartnership

Posted by Reta Jo Lewis
July 22, 2011
Special Representative Lewis Poses for a Photo With Utah Gov Herbert, Qinghai Governor Luo Huining

Governor Gary Herbert of Utah and Chinese Governor Luo of Qinghai Province commemorated the beginning of their EcoPartnership, as a part of an hour-long ceremony at the Golden Meeting Room at the Utah State Capitol on July 13, 2011. I was delighted to attend the ceremonies with Rhonda Binda, who serves on the EcoPartnership Secretariat, and Jefferson Science Fellow Jay Gore, two members of my office who have worked closely with Griff Thompson and Eric Maltzer from the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), under the leadership of Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones, in selecting the latest round of EcoPartnerships.

One remarkable feature of the Utah-Qinghai EcoPartnership is a shared enthusiasm for the more efficient use of conventional fuels, as well as a planned transition to renewable energy. Another remarkable feature is that the two governors have leveraged the State Department's recognition of this partnership to forge a Sister State agreement as well as an MOU for educational cooperation between Utah Valley University (UVU) and Qinghai Normal University. Governor Herbert declared that this was just the beginning of many more partnerships between government, business, education, and philanthropic institutions in the two states.

The EcoPartnership, also called the "Utah-Qinghai Industrial Technology Alliance," creates a framework for joint innovation in green technology and provides a platform for businesses, academic and research institutes, and governments in Utah and Qinghai to exchange technology, expertise, ideas, and culture. From this partnership, a joint research laboratory will be created; discussions regarding the respect for and protection of intellectual property for Utah technologies are already underway. In addition, discussions regarding investment of Chinese capital in Utah's energy industry are progressing rapidly.

Just two months ago on May 10, 2011, Secretary Clinton welcomed the launch of six new EcoPartnerships in the Department of State's Treaty Room in Washington, D.C., with guest of honor Xie Zhenhua, the Chinese Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission. Secretary Clinton spoke about the "…need to harness the unique skills of both of our cities, our states, our universities, our private companies, [and] our civil societies to find solutions to common problems. That is especially true when it comes to clean energy, energy security, environmental stability, and climate change. Both of our countries have companies that are developing new and exciting technologies, universities that are doing groundbreaking research and local governments that have unique perspectives on the community environmental issues they face which can have a global impact."

The Utah-Qinghai Industrial Technology Alliance became the first of at least six new EcoPartnerships planning their formal launch this autumn. The season promises to be an exciting new phase of state and local government cooperation.

For more information on EcoPartnerships, click <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.ecopartnerships.gov/" href="http://www.ecopartnerships.gov/" title="here target=" _blank"="">here.

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Zharkov
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United States
July 22, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

It seems that more government regulation of emissions to forestall "climate change", results in more climate change.

The environmental "climate change" movement began in the 1960's. Regulations first appeared in the early 1970's. So, after 40 years' worth of regulations, the climate is worse than ever, with extreme heat covering most of the US.

With Fukushima nuclear fallout arriving at about the same time, we now have lethal radiation added to the heat, to make America a uniquely dangerous place for human life.

Perhaps we should examine whether the climate or the government is the problem?

Should lethal gamma radiation from exploding nuclear reactors have a higher priority than CO2 emissions from cows?

After nearly 5 months of continuous, high level radiation exposure blowing over America, some people are asking questions.

Who advocated nuclear reactors for a known earthquake and Tsunami zone which is the entire country of Japan?

Which person in the State Department thought it was a great idea to convince the nuclearphobic government of Japan to buy General Electric's nuclear reactors?

Who in our government assumes legal responsibility for approving sale of nuclear reactors to be installed upwind from the US West Coast?

Why, so long after the Fukushima meltdowns, are radiation levels still way above normal?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 22, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Better question to ask is why folks insist on building cities in major fault zones let alone nuclear power plants to provide energy.

It may be that some other species several hundered million years hense detects a fine layer of unaturally occuring isotopes and dicover's the remains of humanity. Not unlike the discovery of the layer of iridium leading to asteroid impact theories regarding mass extinctions of species long ago.

"History never repeats itself, but sometimes it rhymes."- Mark Twain

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