"On this Earth Day, it is important for us to look past the outdated mentality that our economic growth and environmental sustainability are exclusive concepts. Undoubtedly, the shift towards green technology, conservation and emission reduction is not only critical for the future of our climate, but of our economy as well. This is becoming increasingly apparent as thousands of green-collar jobs are being created because of revolutionary innovations in the production and use of renewable energy sources.
"It is clear, however, that a concerted effort from all Americans is necessary to fully reverse climate change and securely safeguard our environment from irrevocable deterioration. I look forward to continuing to work with the Congressional Leadership and President Obama in coming up with comprehensive legislative solutions to our nation's most pressing environmental issues."