Michael Oko, NRDC Washington, 202-513-6245, 202-904-5245; or Josh Mogerman, NRDC Chicago, 312-651-7909, 773-853-5384
WASHINGTON (February 19, 2009) — President Obama completed his first international trip to Canada today with a plan for cooperation to address global warming and move our economies to cleaner energy sources. This included an agreement to work together on cleaner vehicles, a smart power grid, and carbon capture sequestration technology for coal. Significantly, tar sands oil was not included in this agreement.
“Demonstrating a change of direction from the previous Administration, President Obama did not endorse the expansion of tar sands – instead he noted the importance of having new technologies to clean up tar sands.