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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement celebrating Earth Day.

“Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 by approximately 20,000,000 people across the United States.  I'm so proud that Washington state has been a leader in raising environmental awareness over the last forty years. And I am going to keep fighting to make sure we continue preserving and protecting our environment for families today and for future generations.

“This Earth Day is also an opportunity to redouble our efforts to pass comprehensive clean-energy and climate change legislation to make sure our country continues to lead in the 21st century economy.  

“Because it is so critical that we cut the pollution that is causing global warming, and this is especially important for places like Washington state where we stand to lose so much from rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms.

“And it is absolutely imperative that we put the rules in place that would unshackle our economy, tap the creative energy of our nation’s workers, and create millions of good, family-wage jobs in the clean-energy sector.

“I was also proud to introduce legislation this year to preserve and protect the Alpine Lakes wilderness and expand it by over 22,000 acres to include important lower-elevation lands and watersheds. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to guarantee that this pristine and special place is preserved as a legacy and natural resource for generations to come.

“We all have a commitment to protect our environment for future generations. Working together on Earth Day and every day, we can protect the natural environment we treasure and provide a critical boost to the clean-energy industry that is going to lead the way in the 21st century and beyond.”