US Energy and Climate Policy:  How is it Changing and how will it impact China and the World?  

Speaker: Mr. Russell J. Westergard
Science and Technology Officer
U.S. Consulate, Hong Kong

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: AR 127 (Leung Kau Kiu Building)

Language: English



Global climate change is widely described as one of the key issues of our time, with potentially sweeping environmental, social and economic implications. There is a mounting body of evidence that rising global temperatures may be reaching a tipping point. As America is historically the largest and still a major emitter of greenhouse gases, as well as an innovative source of pollution control technologies, U.S. policy on climate change and efforts to reduce energy consumption are of global interest. With the inauguration of a new U.S. President, U.S. policy on these issues is undergoing a major shift, and windows for cooperation on climate change and energy policy are opening with China. Mr. Russell Westergard, Vice Consul for Environment, Science and Technology Issues at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong has kindly agreed to speak to us on the direction of climate and energy policy changes in the U.S., particularly as they relate to China.



Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, Mr. Westergard, a U.S. diplomat, served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and with the Office for Overseas Citizen Services in Washington, D.C. Before joining the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Westergard was a weapons specialist in the United States Air Force, where his service included duty with United Nations Peace Keeping Forces in both South Korea and Bosnia. Mr. Westergard has a Bachelor’s Degree in physical geography and a Master’s Degree in U.S. National Security Policy.


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Department of Political Science
Environmental Studies Programme


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