Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day, which is tomorrow, April 22:
“Tomorrow, we mark Earth Day, a day to remember our responsibility to be good stewards of our environment for future generations. The environmental movement symbolized by Earth Day has led to cleaner water, cleaner air, and a healthier landscape for millions of Americans. And just as Earth Day has inspired us to confront pollution of our air and water, I hope it will also remind us of our responsibility to confront carbon pollution and global warming.
“Sadly, this observance comes just days after the one-year anniversary of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The tragedy of the oil spill demonstrates the need for strong oversight and for wise policies to end our fossil fuel addiction. Rather than slashing investments in new clean energy technologies, as Republicans urge, our country should be leading the world in clean energy innovation. Investments in clean energy are good for our environment and good for job creation, and I hope we’ll take this day to recommit to a clean energy future.”