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December 18, 2009
11:11 AM

CONTACT: Friends of The Earth

Nick Berning:  +45 30 48 31 73
Elizabeth Bast:   +45 61 276 306

Obama's Copenhagen Speech: Saving Face, Not Planet

COPENHAGEN - December 18 - Friends of the Earth U.S. President Erich Pica had the following response to President Obama's speech:

"President Obama’s rhetoric is empty. The U.S. has failed to significantly improve upon the weak position it brought to these talks.

"This speech appears to be more of a face-saving exercise for President Obama than an attempt to unite countries around a truly planet-saving agreement.

"The United States came to these negotiations with a weak position, and now appears to be attempting to take the rest of the world down to our level. It simply must do better."

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Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.



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