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Aug 17, 2017
Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer will join U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on a Presidential Delegation trip to the Republic of Kazakhstan on August 28 to attend Expo 2017, an International Fair on “Future Energy” in the city of Astana.

As the only elected official joining the delegation, Cramer will use his position as a former energy regulator and the lone-Representative of energy-rich North Dakota as a platform to promote American energy at the global fair. “I am honored to help represent the interests of North Dakota and the United States while attending Expo 2017,” said Cramer. “With North Dakota becoming a global player in all-of-the-above energy production, I am excited to share with the rest of the world the incredible achievements of our great state.”

Much like the World’s Fair, Expo 2017 is an international exhibition designed to showcase the achievements of nations from across the globe. According to the Bureau International des Expositions, Expo 2017 is being organized under the theme ‘Future Energy.’ This, along with the three subthemes – Reducing CO2 Emissions, Living Energy Efficiency, and Energy for All – allows the Expo to present the state of energy today and to showcase sustainable solutions and innovative technologies. More than 2 million visitors are expected to attend the event.

“The United States remains the global leader in producing innovative energy solutions across all sources of production,” said Cramer. “As we look to future challenges of global energy, America can showcase the benefits of the shale revolution while also touting the promises of highly efficient and low emission coal-fired and nuclear power plants. Through breakthrough technologies like carbon capture, utilization, and other storage technologies, we’re able to bring desired emission-reducing technologies to the rest of the world right now – even as we look at other renewable fuels for the future.”

Cramer served as an energy liaison on behalf of then-candidate Donald J. Trump, and has advocated for leveraging the United States’ influence as a global leader to promote American energy. In Congress, he plays a leading role on energy matters as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In addition to Perry and Cramer, other members of the presidential delegation include:

  • The Honorable George Krol, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Mr. Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Ms. Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia, National Security Council
  • Mr. Ronald J. Pollett, Vice President of General Electric, President and CEO of General Electric Russia/CIS