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  • Events | 10 June, 2011 (17:08)

    The Coal Connection: Montana and China

    Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has stirred up a controversy in the Northwestern US with dreams of digging up his state’s vast reserves of coal and shipping some of it over the Rockies and across the Pacific to China. Join environmental journalist Jonathan Watts of the Guardian and Gov. Schweitzer for a discussion on the environmental and economic merits of coal and energy security in the United States and beyond.

    DATE: June 13
    TIME: 4:30-6:00pm
    VENUE: American Center for Educational Exchange, Suite 2801, Jingguang Center, Hu Jia Lou, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Tel: (010) 6597-3242
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
    RESERVATION: at fcccadmin@gmail.com necessary. If you are planning to bring a recording device, please say so so in your reservation note. Unannounced recording devices will not be allowed in.
    Please bring your passport or photo ID.

    Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, has governed Montana since 2005. A former irrigation developer, he worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia before returning to Montana to launch his own ranching and irrigation business. He speaks Arabic.

    Jonathan Watts is Asia Environment Correspondent for The Guardian, a former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China and author of the eco-travelogue, When a Billion Chinese Jump. In his currents post, he has covered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Copenhagen climate conference, Chinese renewable energy developments and more rubbish dumps and coal mines than he cares to remember.