China-North American Energy
Policies Subject of Government Meetings
August 09, 2007
(SitNews) - Senator Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) just returned from
Beijing, China where he was attending a China-North American
energy policy dialogue. The trip was organized by The Energy
Council and the National Development & Reform Commission,
an agency of the Chinese government's State Council. Senator
Stedman represents District A, which includes Ketchikan.
The Energy Council is a national organization of legislators
from energy-producing states whose purpose is to facilitate better
communication between those states with the ultimate goal of
influencing federal energy policies and regulations. In February,
Stedman was appointed by the Senate to represent Alaska on the
Energy Council's Executive Board. "As the country's largest
net energy exporter, it's critical that Alaska's interests be
adequately represented on the Energy Council" said Stedman
after his appointment.
The purpose of the Beijing trip was to establish a dialogue on
energy and related environmental policy issues impacting both
China and North America. During the four-day trip, the group
met with key government officials who have significant influence
over China's energy policy, including the Bureau of Energy,
the Office of National Energy and the China National
Petroleum Corporation. The U.S. executive committee members
were also accompanied by Canadian representatives of the Council
on the trip.
Commenting on the trip, Stedman said, "China's rapid economic
expansion presents both challenges and opportunities for Alaska.
The country's energy policies clearly indicate that domestic
oil, gas and coal consumption will continue to grow. I hope the
dialogue we initiated in Beijing, better positions Alaska to
capitalize on any new market opportunities."
The China trip was the third Energy Council meeting Stedman has
attended this year. Previous meetings included the Federal
Energy Conference in Washington, D.C. in March and the Energy
& Environmental Trends Conference in New Orleans in June.
In September, he is scheduled to attend the Council's 2007
Annual Meeting in Moran, Wyoming.
"At each of these conferences, I've tried to communicate
Alaska's unique energy infrastructure to our membership in an
effort to ensure that we are incorporated into any final Council
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