Speeches By EPA Administrator
CEC Meeting – Official Opening, Quebec City, Canada06/22/2005
My goals for this Council Session are simple:
In the U.S., we have made great strides in cleaning our nation’s air, water and land. Under the Bush Administration:
Over the course of the past four years of environmental success, the U.S. economy has increased by 10 percent – clear evidence that a growing economy and environmental results can, in fact, go hand-in-hand.
My country’s environmental accomplishments are commendable. During the Environmental Protection Agency’s 35 years, we have learned that when acting alone, mandating federal rules and regulations, environmental progress is incremental. However, it is when we work in cooperation with our foreign partners – like the ones here in this room - that progress accelerates at a remarkable pace.
We have learned the importance of adopting collaborative approaches and engaging multiple constituencies, including indigenous communities and partnerships with academia, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
The United States is committed to the important work carried out by the CEC in our effort to find common solutions to protect our shared North American environment. It is only by working together as partners, that we will be able to produce measurable, lasting results for all our citizens. The environment does not know political boundaries and it is important that we work on a regional basis to protect it.
I look forward to contributing to the success of this event and am excited about the beginning of the U.S. Chairmanship of the CEC after this Council Session.
I am pleased to have the opportunity to be here today. Once again, thank you for joining us.