Today, Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22:
As the Member of Congress for one of America's most beautiful areas, I know that every day is Earth Day.
We have surely made tremendous progress over the past 42 years in protecting our environment and public health. Just this past year, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced new tough rules to protect our children from mercury and toxic air pollution from dirty power plants and advanced historic fuel efficiency standards that will save families money at the pump, reduce air pollution, and significantly reduce our dependence on oil. It has also continued to support new investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy to create jobs and grow our economy.
However, today should also serve as a reminder that safeguarding the great progress we've made continues to be a challenge. This has been the most anti-environment House of Representatives in history. Already the House has taken nearly two hundred votes against the environment and public health -- from undermining the Clean Air and Water Acts and eliminating funding the EPA to pushing for new oil drilling in sensitive areas and stripping protections for endangered species. That's nearly a vote every date the House of Representatives has been in session in the 112th Congress.
As we commemorate Earth Day, I remain committed to protecting our natural resources and moving forward with a clean energy economy."