Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement in recognition of Earth Day:
“For over forty years, our nation has come together on Earth Day to examine our nation's environmental policies and look to see what can be done to better improve this planet for our future generations.
Since the last Earth Day we have had some successes, but as a nation we have a long way to go in terms of protecting our natural resources and curbing the devastating effects of global warming.
This year, we made tremendous strides when the Senate approved a landmark bill to increase fleetwide average fuel economy standards for the first time in more than two decades. As all Californians know, water is a scarce and crucial resource for our state – the Senate approved legislation introduced by Senator Boxer and I to increase the supply of non-drinking water for California’s Bay Area.
And just last week, my colleagues and I introduced a resolution which would designate May 16, 2008 as the third annual ‘Endangered Species Day.’ This resolution will help to raise awareness about the enduring threats to endangered wildlife, fish and plants, and success stories in species recovery.
While these efforts will certainly all contribute to improving the state of our environment, much more must be done. There is an international consensus that Global warming is real, and green house gas emissions have already warmed the earth by 1 degree Fahrenheit. We must all do our part to curb the effects of global warming now. That is why I am continuing to work on a comprehensive package of legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – the leading cause of global warming – from all sectors of the economy.
The same way that Earth Day has gained recognition, environmental change has become a world wide issue that is demanding the respect that protecting our planet deserves. Today, on Earth Day, let us all be reminded that we must each do our part to protect the planet for our children and grandchildren. Here in the Congress, we are reminded that this is our obligation and responsibility; I hope we rise to meet that challenge.”