– Congressman Brian Higgins today celebrated Earth Day and pledged to continue his work in Congress to protect the environment, fight global warming and spur a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous economy for the American people.
“Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the awareness raised about environmental issues has helped to place stringent restrictions on polluters who would otherwise lay waste to our lakes and rivers, to bring back endangered species like the American Condor from the brink of extinction, and promoted recycling as a way to conserve resources,” said Higgins. “Our achievements are extensive; however, we face unprecedented challenges for the future.”
The 110th Congress has already taken several major steps forward by passing landmark legislation that addresses the global warming crisis while creating new green collar jobs, cutting energy costs and helping end our dependence on foreign oil.
The historic and bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has been signed into law and will increase vehicle fuel efficiency standards and help save American families $700 to $1,000 per year at the gas pump. New building, appliance and lighting efficiency standards included in the new law will save consumers $400 billion through 2030. Additionally, the new law will help save 5.3 billion metric tons in energy-related CO2 emissions from 2008-2030 and cut the growth in energy-related emissions of CO2 by 10 percent.
Congressman Higgins, a leading advocate for protection and restoration of the lakes, celebrated Earth Day over the past weekend by joining AmeriCorps Volunteers for clean-up activities along Gallagher Beach.
“The Great Lakes are Western New York’s most vital natural resource,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Caucus. “Historically, the lakes shaped this region as a port welcoming settlers, commerce and growth. The long-tem health and vibrancy of this fresh water source is fundamental to the future of our environment and quality of life for those who will enjoy the lakes for generations to come.”