U.S. Senator Mark Udall this morning issued this statement:
“In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson saw amid a burgeoning environmental movement a way to galvanize the entire country to preserve our cherished natural resources for generations to come. His legacy is Earth Day, which we celebrate today all across Colorado. Earth Day gives us the opportunity each year to celebrate our progress in protecting our clear air and clean water, while serving as a reminder of the work we have left to do.
“Last year, our country faced one of the most challenging environmental disasters we’ve seen – the Gulf oil spill. And this year, we’ve witnessed turmoil unfold overseas that brings home the dangers of our dependency on foreign oil. These events highlight the need for a greater and renewed commitment to investing in renewable energy and to protecting and preserving our Western heritage. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to fight for development of and innovation toward a clean energy future.
“This Earth Day, I invite all Coloradans to join me in this fight and help put our state and country on the path to a sustainable future. With our abundant resources, Colorado is well positioned to be at the forefront of this movement. Together, by volunteering in our communities and doing our part to preserve our natural resources, we can all achieve a better, cleaner future for our children.”
Bennet issued this statement:
“On Earth Day, we are reminded that the clean air, clean water, abundant wildlife and scenic vistas we pride ourselves on in Colorado will only be there for future generations if we work to protect them. We must act as responsible stewards of our natural resources and wildlife habitat so our kids and grandkids can experience the same healthy air, clean water and natural beauty that we treasure but too often take for granted.”