Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The first Earth Day in 1970 brought into sharp focus the need to protect our environment and led to the introduction of key Federal legislation such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. These bills were critical to addressing many environmental issues in Pennsylvania including abandoned mines, acid mine drainage, power plant and industry emissions, and hazardous waste disposal.
So, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, let us reflect on the great strides American has made in improving the quality of our air, water, and land. But let’s also take a moment to recognize that the job is not done. The remaining challenges are many. The most daunting of which is climate change. We must move forward with climate and energy legislation that will put us on a path that reduces pollution, ends our unsustainable reliance on foreign energy, and creates new, clean energy jobs. In doing so, we can help ensure that our children and grandchildren will always have a clean environment, a robust economy, and a secure Nation.
You can read a copy of my statement for the record here.