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Defenders of Wildlife

Obama Administration Offers Opportunities to Advance Environmental Issues

Comments by Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen

WASHINGTON - The historic victories of President-elect Barack Obama
and environmental champions in Congress create a new era of opportunity for
environmental priorities, according to Defenders of Wildlife president Rodger
Schlickeisen.

"A new day is dawning in
Congress and the White House. Environmental champions won major victories at the
polls yesterday, and the prospects for environmental progress in 2009 look
bright.

"Under the Obama
administration, with help from environmental leaders in Congress, we will have
the opportunity to advance longstanding priorities including tackling global
warming, safeguarding endangered species and better protecting wildlife on
public lands. Taking decisive action on these issues will not only support a legacy
of environmental protections, it will also help
America's economy grow in a healthy, sustainable manner
that works for all Americans.

"Let's be clear - we have
a lot of work ahead of us. We've just had eight years of the most
anti-environmental presidency America has ever seen. Reversing the damage done by the
Bush administration will take years of hard work.

"Defenders of Wildlife
looks forward to working with President Obama and our champions in Congress to
reverse President Bush's assault on our environment and promote a green economy
for the people and wildlife of America."

For more information,
read our report "Wildlife Conservation Agenda for the Next Administration."

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