Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on Earth Day:
"Today is Earth Day, the day we focus on our environment. Because of global warming, our planet's environment is in grave peril, and this is the decade in which action must be taken. We must act to seriously address climate change as it is the most serious threat to our environment, our health, and our way of life. 2012 was the hottest year ever in the United States, and more than 60 percent of the country experienced severe drought. Chicago went a record 335 days without measurable snowfall, shattering the previous record. As someone who has lived near Lake Michigan my entire life, I know how important it is to protect our environment and keep our water safe for drinking and recreation. I know that we must keep our public lands protected and our air clean.
"We need to continue to help green energy companies grow and thrive. We need to extend tax breaks for renewable energy innovators and most importantly, we must pass a comprehensive climate change bill that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a large scale.
"In addition, our addiction to fossil fuels poses a great danger to our health and our planet's sustainability. We must strongly reject efforts to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring some of the dirtiest oil in North America through the middle of the country, just so it can be refined and exported from the Gulf Coast.
"Our children deserve a planet where they can breathe the air and swim in and drink the water. Our future depends on us taking responsible actions now and encouraging the next generation to take an active role in environmentalism."