Senator Ellis Attends United Nations Climate Change Conference in Mexico
Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) joined international economic, business, and political leaders to discuss critical issues surrounding the global environment at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
While in Mexico, Senator Ellis, along with other members of the Joint Center on Politics and Economic Policy, met with Nancy Sutley, the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Chairwoman Sutley serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to President Obama. The meeting focused on the United States' role in global efforts to reduce emissions and human contribution to climate change. They also spoke about new challenges to environmental policy in the United States following the dramatic political shift in Congress.
"Climate change is the most important moral issue of our time and we cannot afford to wait to act. Texas and the United States have huge opportunities to increase wind and solar power and achieve more energy efficiency. This will lead to more jobs, cleaner energy, greater independence from foreign oil, and less pollution," said Senator Ellis.
This year's event was the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 6th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. There were over 15,000 invited attendees to the conference, including select members and representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions. This important gathering of some of the most sought after minds in the world met from November 29th through December 10th.
(Left to right) Mark Magaña (National Latino Coalition on Climate Change), Leslie Fields (Joint Center's Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change, National Environmental Justice Director, Sierra Club), Senator Rodney Ellis, Andrea Delgado (National Latino Coalition on Climate Change), Carolyn Green (Joint Center's Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change)