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Energy Secretary to Unveil "Climate VISION" Initiative

Release Date: 02/10/2003
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Jill Vieth, 202/586-4940 Monday, February 10, 2003
Drew Malcomb, 202/586-5806

WASHINGTON, DC (02/10/03) -- Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham on February 12 will host the rollout of President Bush’s business challenge climate change initiative termed “Climate VISION,” or “Climate, Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now.”

Secretary Abraham will be joined by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, Transportation Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman James Connaughton, as well as several other business and industry participants.

The “Climate VISION” initiative responds to President Bush’s Feb. 2002 announcement of a new strategy to address the long-term challenge of global climate change, in which he committed to reducing America’s greenhouse gas intensity by 18 percent in the next decade. President Bush also challenged American businesses and industries to undertake broader efforts to help meet that goal.

The Feb. 12th announcement will recognize the significant initiatives that major, energy-intensive sectors of the American economy are undertaking to meet the challenge. These initiatives build upon the progress made by the industrial sector in the past decade, 1990 to 2001, when the economy grew by almost 40 percent but greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector were held constant.

WHO: Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham
          EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman
      Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman
          Transportation Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson
          Council on Environmental Quality Chairman James Connaughton
WHAT: Announcement of “Climate VISION” initiative

WHERE: Department of Energy Cafeteria (Smithsonian Metro)
1000 Independence Ave., SW (enter 10th St. door—east side of cafeteria)

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 12
2:00 p.m. (12:30 p.m. cafeteria doors open)
mult-box, throw 60 – 70 feet