According to the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) President-elect Obama’s nominee for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and his Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality will be among the participants representing a wide range of environmental and clean energy interests at the Environmental Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2009. This black-tie event, is the sixth consecutive Inaugural Ball focusing on these important issues.
“We have had an overwhelming response to this event from the environmental and clean energy communities. The level of excitement and interest in highlighting the importance of our message has never been greater. We will reinforce to the Obama Administration our spirit of cooperation and goodwill, to make America the Beautiful a reality for future generations,” said Ball Co-Chair Jan Hartke, representing the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Ball Co-Chair Douglas A. Durante of the CFDC said, “President-elect Obama has made it clear that energy and the environment will remain top priorities and this incredibly unique event brings the entire political, environmental, and energy communities together. Some of the legends of the environmental movement are working with us and it promises to be the best event in Washington.”
Durante noted that the broad appeal of the ball includes an Honorary Committee comprised of members of Congress. Major environmental leaders in the House and Senate are on the Honorary Committee such as Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Ed Markey (D-MA), Chair of the new House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment; Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Zach Wamp (R-TN), Co-Chairs of the House Renewable Energy Caucus; Senator Mark Udall, (D-CO), immediate past Chair of the Renewable Energy Caucus, and many others.
For more information, visit http://www.environmentalball.org.