Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day:
"For more than four decades, Earth Day has brought Americans together to honor our moral responsibility to preserve our planet, protect our environment, and address the pressing challenge of climate change. Across the country, families and students spend this day serving their communities, cleaning up their neighborhoods, promoting conservation, and participating in the effort to ensure clean air, clean water, and a cleaner planet.
"For Democrats in Congress, Earth Day must be a moment to build on our efforts to invest in clean energy jobs, to strengthen industries of innovation, to decrease harmful emissions, to cut energy costs for consumers, and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This must be an opportunity to act to keep America number one in science, technology, and renewable energy. This day must represent a clarion call to renew our commitment to defend our natural resources and reverse the ill effects of climate change.
"On Earth Day, Democrats and Republicans must no longer treat our environment as a point of partisan political debate. We must work side-by-side with the American people to create a future of sustainability for our children and grandchildren, prosperity and opportunity for our families and communities, security and energy independence for generations to come."