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Sinn Féin MEP in Washington to press for international climate change agreement

28 April, 2008

On 28-30 April 2008 a delegation from the European Parliament Temporary Committee on Climate Change, including Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún, will visit Washington. The delegation, led by the Committee Chair Mr. Sacconi, will consist of ten members.

Speaking from Washington Ms de Brún said,

"The delegation that I am part of includes meetings with fellow parliamentarians, government representatives, as well as financial institutions and environmental and other civil society organisations.

"I shall be discussing the best approach to tackling climate change as we seek to reach an ambitious international agreement following on from the roadmap laid out last year at Bali. Given the present attempts to bring in climate change legislation in the US and the heated discussions around the Liebermann-Warner climate bill, I am looking forward to hearing at first hand from Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Jeff Bingaman and Representative Ed Markey.

"Another meeting of interest includes a briefing with Ambassador John Bruton, Head of Delegation of the European Commission of the United States.

"A lot is happening in the US around climate change at present. In spite of a lack of legislation at federal level, over twenty-five states have brought in legislation to promote the use of renewable energy and many states have also taken action to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

"In view of the public commitments given by the presidential candidates in the race for the White House this is an exciting time to be in the US to discuss climate change.

"During the meetings I shall also be raising the issue of job creation in renewable energy and energy efficiency as we rise to meet the challenge of climate change." ENDS

Notes to editor

Last November the European Parliament Temporary Committee on Climate Change sent a delegation to China. Ms Bairbre de Brún was also a member of that delegation.

Among those the delegation are scheduled to meet are:

  • Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources;
  • Senator Joe Lieberman, Member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works;
  • Representative Ed Markey, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming;
  • James L. Connaughton, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality;
  • World Bank officials .

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