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For Immediate Release

Cat Lazaroff, (202) 772-3270 Caitlin Leutwiler, (202) 772-3226

Defenders' Statement on the Continued Support for Offshore Drilling by Members of Congress


The following is a statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, president and
CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:

"It's ludicrous to compare the dangers posed by risky, dirty offshore
oil and gas drilling with the footprints of clean, safe renewable
energy sources like wind and solar. As Congress begins discussing their
response to the Gulf tragedy, they need to embrace what's best for
America - and that's a rapid transition to clean, safe renewable energy.

"To truly move beyond dirty, climate-changing fossil fuels like oil
and coal, we must rapidly expand our investments in clean renewable
energy sources such as wind and solar. Renewable power from large-scale
solar and wind farms can help to speed up the transition to a
clean-energy future, in a safe, responsible way. As long as we also make
sure that renewable development is done right, in the places that it
makes the most sense, we can meet America's energy needs now and into
the future, while safeguarding our wildlife and natural places and
reducing global warming pollution."

more about what Defenders is doing to halt new offshore drilling
operations in the U.S.

Defenders of Wildlife is the premier U.S.-based national conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of imperiled species and their habitats in North America.

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