April 22, 2010
Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid today recognized the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in his opening remarks on the Senate floor. Reid’s prepared remarks are included below:
“M. President, today is the 40th Earth Day. It is an annual reminder of what we have the power and responsibility to do in our daily lives. It is a call to commit ourselves to finding the right balance that preserves our environment even as we live in and use it.
“Earth Day is also an opportunity for us to appreciate the great outdoors – spaces that are nowhere more beautiful than in Nevada.
“But today, of course, is not the only day to do this. I’m proud to have supported a number of environmental initiatives in recent years to benefit my state and our country: protecting as wilderness more than 3 million acres of key wildlife habitat; creating Great Basin National Park; providing more resources and better management for popular areas like Red Rock Canyon and the Black Rock Desert; enhancing the Carson River corridor, improving management of the Sierra foothills and giving the people of Carson City more open spaces.
“Right now I am working with Nevada’s Congressional delegation to protect the Tahoe Basin from invasive species and devastating wildfires. We will to restore Lake Tahoe’s water clarity and protect the threatened species and wild lands around Tahoe. And we will help protect the area’s economy and its 23,000 tourism-supported jobs.
“Every Nevadan and all Americans should use today as a reminder to commit themselves to saving money and reducing pollution by using energy more efficiently.
“A Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day 40 years ago. Just before the first one, he came here to the Senate floor and warned, ‘America has bought environmental disaster on the installment plan: Buy affluence now and let future generations pay the price.’
“Four decades later, we must do more to get ourselves off that plan. We must do more to cultivate a society where fulfilling our responsibilities to nature becomes second nature.”
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