Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 8, 2010
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-463-0113

Statement from Senator Ellis on the 16th Conference of Parties

Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis is in attendance at the 16th Conference of Parties in Cancun, Mexico. He releases the following statement:

"Houston is the energy capitol of the world, so naturally many Houstonians will have a vested interest in what is discussed and decided at the event. What better place than here to help develop beneficial and sound energy policy that will help to protect both the environment and Texans' pocketbooks.

The overarching goal for all attendees is to develop international energy policy that is aimed at avoiding dangerous human interference with the world's climate, and I share that objective.

While expectations for this year's conference are somewhat reduced compared to last year's, I hope that the delegates can continue to work towards a more comprehensive agreement to be finalized at next year's conference in South Africa."

From the COP16/CMP 16 site:

COP16/CMP6 is the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). "Parties" refers to all the national states that signed and ratified both of the international treaties, committing to observe and comply with its terms regarding international cooperation against climate change. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been signed by 194 State Parties and the Kyoto Protocol has been ratify by 184 State Parties. In accordance with Article 7 of the Convention, the Conference of the Parties in its authority of the supreme body has the mandate of adopting the necessary decisions for the promotion of its effective application.