WASHINGTON – LCV President Gene Karpinski released the following statement on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day:
“Forty years ago, millions of Americans came together to demand cleaner air, safer water and a healthier environment. Their actions, and the actions of millions more since then, have led to the passage of our nation’s most important environmental and conservation laws. Today, we celebrate those achievements.
But we also recognize that today we continue to face a new challenge – the challenge of solving the climate crisis and building a clean energy economy. The time for action is now.
We urge each and every member of the Senate to imagine the stories that our children and grandchildren will hear 40 years from today. Will they hear that in the face of unprecedented opposition from powerful special interests, senators from both parties came together to pass legislation that lays the foundation for a cleaner, safer, more sustainable future? Or will they hear that our lawmakers failed to summon the political will to chart a new course for our nation’s energy future?
To protect the planet for future generations, to create new economic opportunities for American workers and to make America more energy independent, the Senate must pass strong, comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation this year. As President Obama has said time and time again, the nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century's global economy.
Delay is not an option. Inaction is not acceptable. The time is now for America to take control of its energy future by curbing global warming pollution and investing in clean, secure American energy.”
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