U.S. & Canada Announce Aggressive Action to Combat Climate Change

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CLF says agreement represents renewed commitment to a fossil fuel-free future

March 10, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the announcement from the Obama administration that it has reached an agreement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to implement new regulations on methane emissions. The two nations will commit to cutting emissions from thousands of oil and natural gas wells by 40-45 percent by 2025 (as compared to 2012 levels).

“As the powerful oil and gas industry continues its ill-fated attempts to tie our economy to the fuels of the past, today’s announcement is a timely reaffirmation that these efforts are out-of-step with the course our nations are charting,” said Greg Cunningham, Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “The methane released by fossil fuel production is one of the most potent and harmful greenhouse gases on the planet, and the health of our children tomorrow depends on immediate action today. This agreement represents not only an essential shift in Canadian policy, but also a powerful assertion that fighting climate change remains a top priority for President Obama and leaders across the globe.”

Greg Cunningham is available for further comment.


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