celebrate Earth Day this week, it is important to both remember the
significant progress we have made since the first Earth Day in 1970 and
prepare for the serious work that lies ahead.
1960s, smog and air pollution blanketed our cities; contaminated tap
water was causing disease outbreaks and exposing people to
cancer-causing chemicals; and Ohio�s Cuyahoga River was so polluted, it actually
caught on fire in 1969.
The first Earth Day helped lead to
the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and strong
bipartisan legislation to help address these problems. Congress passed
the Clean Air Act in 1970, the Clean Water Act in 1972, the Safe
Drinking Water Act in 1974, and the Superfund law in
Over the four decades since the first Earth Day, we have made a
tremendous difference in our environment and safeguarding the health of our
children and families. However, the growing threat of climate
change puts our environment and public health at
Scientists tell us that the impacts of climate change continue to
worsen. For example, the most recent decade was the nation�s hottest on
record, and 2012 was the hottest single year. The impacts of
climate change, including the increase in temperatures, have been caused by
To strike at the roots of carbon
pollution, Senator Sanders and I have introduced legislation that puts a
price on carbon pollution, protects consumers with a rebate, and
reinvests funds to promote renewable energy. I will continue to work
with my colleagues in the Senate to address climate change and its
On Earth Day and every day, you can count
on me to keep fighting to protect our environment and the health and
safety of all Americans.
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