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article imageEnvironmental groups urge Toronto G20 to focus on climate action

By KJ Mullins     Apr 16, 2010 in Environment
When leaders of the world merge in Toronto for the G20 in June U.S. and Canadian environmental groups urge President Barrack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make climate change a priority.
Groups from both Canada and the United States have sent President Obama and Prime Minister Harper a letter stating that both countries need to take steps to cool the planet make the transition to a low-carbon economy can contribute to economic recovery in both countries and globally.
"Elimination of fossil fuel subsidies represents one of the most promising new and additional sources of climate finance," said the letter in a press release obtained by Digital Journal. "During the Pittsburgh summit last September, G20 leaders committed to "phase out and rationalize over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies while providing targeted support for the poorest. Funds previously used to support the fossil fuel industries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions should be redirected as a source for climate finance. We are encouraged by the recent efforts in the U.S. to end a dozen tax breaks for oil, gas, and coal companies that total $36 billion over the next decade. We call on the G20 to end tax breaks for oil, gas, and coal companies and to shift these resources to support clean energy development, forest protection, and adaptation to climate change in developing countries."
The letter was signed by the leaders of 17 American and 8 Canadian organizations. U.S. Climate Action Network (USCAN) is the largest network of organizations focused on climate change in the U.S. USCAN's mission is to support and strengthen civil society organizations to influence the design and development of an effective, equitable and sustainable global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure its implementation at international, national and local levels.
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