Congressional Delegation in Copenhagen

Rep. Giffords touring ASU solar array

Rep. Giffords touring ASU solar array this fall

US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a strong advocate of solar power and sustainable development, is in Copenhagen, along with twenty other members of Congress, for what is sure to be a contentious final negotiation on a climate treaty.

“We need to work with the White House to make sure the United States is not only heard at these crucial talks,” Giffords said in a statement released by her office today, “but lead the way toward an agreement that will maximize the benefits for both our economy and out environment.”

The Solar Roadmap

Giffords sponsored the “Solar Technology Roadmap Act” that recently passed by House by a wide margin. The legislation, which would create a panel to coordinate federal spending on solar research and development, was one of a handful of bills discussed at a Senate hearing last week. (For more on the Roadmap, go here.)

Copenhagen Congressional Delegation

California Democratic Representative George Miller is blogging the meetings. He writes:

Everybody seems to think that the fact that the House of Representatives passed an energy and climate bill has really been a positive force during these international negations and strengthens the United States hand here (I guess Speaker Pelosi was right to push for passage of the legislation earlier this year).

The next briefing, from our technical people, was on how reductions will be made and what the impact will be on our economy and the ways to verify that all countries are playing by the same rules.

The stakes are high for our global environment and for our economy — every country here knows that the countries that get ahead on these issues have the opportunity create real economic and job growth for their economies in this new green economic environment. This is why we are trying to shift to a new energy policy in the U.S., to create jobs at home and send U.S. exports abroad.

Next we will be off to meet with a delegation from India — more later.

Here’s a list of the full Congressional delegation, with each member’s twitter ID. (You can see their twitter feed by hovering over the icon before the name.)

Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

Rep. George Miller, Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor

Rep. Henry Waxman, Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Ed Markey, Chairman, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Rep. Charles Rangel, Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means

Rep. Bart Gordon, Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Ranking Member, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee on Science and Technology

Rep. Sander Levin, Committee on Ways and Means

Rep. Joe Barton, Ranking Member, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Fred Upton, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Rep. Diana DeGette, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Jay Inslee, Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Rep. John Sullivan, Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Rep. Timothy Ryan, Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Committee on Science and Technology

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