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VANCOUVER, BC — Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, made these statements following a meeting in Ottawa this morning with Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Edward Markey, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Sub-Committee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

"It was a very productive meeting and our American visitors listened carefully to what we had to say. Speaker Pelosi and Representative Markey are clearly deeply committed to moving beyond oil and toward a clean energy future. I think they were pleased to sit down with strong Canadian allies on that front and to hear that several provinces like Ontario, B.C. and Quebec are trying to do the same thing as well."

"Everyone understood that both countries are actually in the same boat in that our economic futures depend — perhaps now more than ever — on protecting the environment. The U.S. delegates clearly understand that if the tar sands continue growing without adequate checks and balances, we are all courting climate change disaster. And I got the sense they are going to act upon that understanding."

"We were joined in the meeting by two prominent First Nations leaders, Allan Adam, Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and Jim Boucher, Chief of the Fort McKay First Nation. Both spoke at length about the impacts the tar sands are having on local communities. Their presence gave a very human face and voice to troublesome aspects of tar-sands development that are seldom heard."

For more information, please contact:
Sutton Eaves
Communications Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation
(604) 732 4228 × 1282

September 9, 2010