"Today we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day and its founder, Gaylord Nelson, a leader who exemplified the best of Wisconsin's proud, progressive tradition. Gaylord was committed to making environmental protection and conservation a top priority for our country. His leadership showed the power of citizens to organize for change at the grassroots level.
"Today, Wisconsin shares this commitment as we face many challenges. Climate change is real. Its impact can be seen on agriculture, biodiversity, rising sea levels, and extreme weather. The question is not whether climate change is occurring, but how our nation is going to respond to it.
"To truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we must work to make clean, renewable energy affordable and our primary source of power. It's now time we move forward on a 21st century clean energy policy that works for America.
"For this reason, I will continue to support efforts to expand and enhance the development of energy from solar, wind, and biofuels by investing in innovation, science and research to grow a new, clean energy economy. If we seize this opportunity to act, we can help create an economy built to last in Wisconsin and lower energy costs for families and businesses. Through these efforts, we can also do our part to build a stronger future for the next generation and continue to honor the legacy of Gaylord Nelson."