"Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a commitment one generation made to another to preserve the natural beauty of our environment.
"I am so proud of the work we have done, and continue to do, in Washington state to keep environmental conservation a top priority. We have balanced economic growth and environmental protection and have made great strides in protecting open spaces. I have been pleased to work with passionate individuals and organizations on efforts to protect our unique natural resources, such as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and the dedication of these groups highlights the difference that each and every one of us can make.
"In Washington, D.C., this Earth Day is an opportunity to redouble our efforts in Congress to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation to make sure our country continues to lead in the 21st century economy.
"It is so critical that we cut the pollution that is causing global warming, and this is especially important for places like Washington state where we stand to lose so much from rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms.
"And it is absolutely imperative that we put the rules in place that would unshackle our economy, tap the creative energy of our nation's workers, and create millions of good, family-wage jobs in the clean energy sector.
"We all have a commitment to protect our environment for future generations. Working together on Earth Day, and every day, we can protect the natural environment we treasure from the consequences of our actions."