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Holcomb headed to United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb speaks to reporters in the Statehouse. Holcomb is a White man with white and gray hair and a beard. He is wearing a gray pinstriped suit, a light shirt and a yellow tie.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Gov. Eric Holcomb was invited to present to the United Nations climate change conference about Indiana's efforts to diversify its energy sources.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is headed to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt next week.

Holcomb will speak to the conference about Indiana’s efforts to diversify its energy sources and the state's role in building electric vehicles.

The governor said his recent trip to Germany drove home the importance of that work. Germany, he said, became too reliant on one energy source, which put it in a precarious position.

“And so, what we’ve sought to do is to have sources, plural, that we can draw upon – knowing that no one can own the sun or the wind,” Holcomb said.

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Holcomb said he also knows Indiana doesn’t have all the answers.

“The other part of going is to learn from others," Holcomb said. "And we want to be a leader right here in the heart of the heartland.”

Holcomb will be in Egypt Nov. 6-12. Because he’ll be gone on Election Day, he has already voted early, in person.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.