US and Canadian Green Leaders Unite

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Michael Oko, NRDC, 202-513-6245

US and Canadian Green Leaders Unite

Joint Declaration Outlines Collaboration on Climate Negotiations, Dirty Fuels and Arctic Protection

WASHINGTON - For the first time, CEOs from 30 environmental groups based in the
United States and Canada have agreed to work together to address key
environmental problems threatening both countries. Their collaboration
parallels the emerging threats that intertwine Canadian and American
economic and environmental health, including the impacts of climate
change, tar sands oil production and Arctic development. The groups
will also work in partnership during the international climate
negotiations in Copenhagen later this year.

The joint-declaration can be found here: http://docs.nrdc.org/energy/ene_09060301.asp

Following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

"The
United States and Canada, with their closely linked financial markets
and shared natural resources, must work together to create 21st-century
clean energy economies that will put people back to work and benefit
our environment. 

"Our countries face a series of
joint-challenges - from the devastation and pollution caused by tar
sands oil to the melting Arctic to the need to shift to a clean energy
future.  With federal climate legislation gaining momentum in the
United States and some Canadian provinces taking important climate
initiatives, now is the time for our two countries to come together as
we seek international action on climate change. We hope our joint
declaration can serve as a guide as we move to an international climate
treaty later this year."

Following is a statement by Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence Canada:

"It's
never been clearer that economic solutions and environmental solutions
are one and the same. Governments in both Canada and the U.S. must
seize this opportunity to create good green jobs through innovative
initiatives that move us quickly toward a new energy economy."

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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