Earth Day is a sad reminder polluters hold reins of power

Forty years ago, nearly 20 million Americans participated in what was the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Though much progress has been made in the four decades following its creation, this year we have little room to celebrate.

Despite widespread and popular support for policies protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, Big Oil and corporate polluters continue to hold the reins of power over our lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

As we mark this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Congress — particularly our senators — must take a stand for once on principle: Stop cashing in on the political contributions, and start working on the agenda the American people sent you to Washington to accomplish.

It’s time to pass the bold legislation needed to defend our national security, defend our economic security, defend our energy security and defend our natural resources. It’s time to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation.