Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22:
“For more than four decades, Earth Day has brought Americans together to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the environment we all share. This day is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the cause of a cleaner planet, to the promise of a clean energy economy, to the potential of new technologies, and to the movement to confront the challenge of climate change.
“Democrats in Congress and an army of allies nationwide have led the charge for action - taking concrete steps to expand the clean energy sector, invest in research and launch new industries, create good-paying jobs at home, and cut energy costs for families, workers, and businesses.
“Too often, the environment - from clean air and clean water to the drive for innovation - has come under direct attack by our Republican colleagues. Yet the future of our environment must not fall prey to partisan political games. We must work together to reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, promote and develop renewable sources of energy, lower emissions, and build on Americans' extraordinary success in conservation.
“Addressing this challenge is about building a more sustainable future for our children and grandchildren, securing prosperity and opportunity for all, and keeping America number one across the globe. And on this Earth Day, we must continue the fight to preserve our environment, strengthen our economy, and combat the crisis of global warming, for ourselves and for generations to come.”