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For Immediate Release, December 17, 2009

Contacts: 

Kassie Siegel,  ksiegel@biologicaldiversity.org
Brendan Cummings, bcummings@biologicaldiversity.org

Center for Biological Diversity Statement on
Secretary Clinton’s Speech

COPENHAGEN— Today in Copenhagen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced U.S. support for $100 billion in funding per year by 2020 to help the developing world adapt to the impacts of global warming. The Obama administration has yet to propose domestic emissions reduction targets anywhere close to the 40 percent below 1990 levels that scientists say are required to avert the worst impacts of global warming.

Kassie Siegel, director of the Climate Law Institute of the Center for Biological Diversity, had the following response to Secretary Clinton’s announcement:

“The United States may finally have pledged to help pay for more lifeboats, but without committing to meaningful emissions reductions, President Obama is still steering the Titanic directly toward the iceberg.”

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The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 240,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.


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