North American clean energy agreement furthers President Obama’s climate legacy

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Environment America

OTTAWA – President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled their wide-ranging climate agreement today at the North American Leadership Summit, pledging that their countries would achieve 50 percent clean energy by 2025 and reduce the potent greenhouse gas methane at least 40 percent by the same year. Rob Sargent, Clean Energy program director for Environment America, issued this statement:
“With today’s announcement, President Obama further strengthens his legacy on climate action and backs up our commitment in Paris to avoid dangerous global warming. His agreement with North American leaders reflects the reality that renewable energy is growing faster than experts predicted, far outpacing dirty power sources. We’re disappointed that nuclear power is included in the clean energy category, since promoting it would set America back in the fight against climate change. However, we’re confident that with the right policies in place and economics on our side, truly clean, renewable sources — such as wind, solar, and energy efficiency — will carry the day in meeting the big goals laid out at the North American Leadership Summit.”