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WWF Statement On Climate Summit Speech By President Obama

As Talks Enter Critical Final Hour, WWF Stresses “Fierce Urgency of Now”

WASHINGTON - World Wildlife Fund today issued the following statement today from
WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts in response to President Obama's
speech before the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen:

"In
coming to Copenhagen at the critical final stage of this two-year
process, President Obama outlined the building blocks of a deal and
expressed his conviction that work still needs to be done.  He has put
an emissions target on the table and pledged his commitment to
long-term climate financing - both critical pieces of a final deal.‪

"But
that's not enough to knit together the world community at this pivotal
hour. As the President has said numerous times, all countries need to
stand behind their commitments and agree to make those commitments
transparent.

"That applies to the US as well.  The only way the
world can be sure the US is standing behind its commitments is for the
President to clearly state that climate change will be his next top
legislative priority. The ultimate test of his leadership will be
engaging the Senate and delivering action in Congress early next year.

"The
world's future hangs in the balance.  At this critical hour, the
‘fierce urgency of now,' of which Dr. King spoke so about eloquently,
is ringing loudly."‪

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