Senator Boxer on Earth Day 2013

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
2013-04-22 22:17:32
News from Barbara Boxer, United States Senator from California Dear Friend: As we 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. During the 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 1980. 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 risk. 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 carbon pollution. 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 dangerous impacts. 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. Sincerely, Barbara Boxer United States Senator


April 22, 2013

Dear Friend:

As we 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.

During the 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 1980.

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 risk.

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 carbon pollution.

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 dangerous impacts.

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.

Sincerely,


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

 


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