Statement on President Barack Obama's Remarks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Dec 18, 2009

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – David Moulton, The Wilderness Society’s climate change policy director, issued the following statement on today’s address by President Obama at the UNFCC conference in Copenhagen, Denmark:

“President Obama’s address to the United Nations Climate Change Conference made clear the role that a clean energy future can play in protecting jobs and our environment. His commitment to bold action capped a week of substantive promises from the U.S delegation, which move us closer than ever before to achieving an international climate deal. For those of us committed to environmental action in the U.S., particularly notable was Secretary Vilsack’s recognition that U.S. forests, such as Alaska’s Tongass, play a critical role in overcoming the climate crisis. As the world strives to reduce heat-trapping emissions, it is critical that we value our forests at home for their ability to store carbon and assist communities adapt to ongoing climate changes.”