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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE CELEBRATES THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY AND PRAISES HOUSTON FOR ITS ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee issued the following statement today in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in the United States:

“I am extremely proud to see that several years after the successful passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act that the U.S. is moving towards reducing its dependence on foreign oil and in seeking new renewable energy sources. Because of our work on this important legislation, we have already begun to see the emergence of a renewable energy sector in Texas.

“With the establishment of new wind turbines, hydroelectric dams and solar power stations, we will begin to see a cleaner environment and a better future for our nation. Moreover, my home state of Texas boasts a diverse energy profile, with the world’s largest wind farm. Texas generates more electricity from wind than any other state. Furthermore, my 18th Congressional District and the Houston area rank sixth on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 list of cities with the most energy efficient buildings.

“In spite of these major achievements in improving our environment however, we must constantly remind ourselves of the great impact the environment has on our communities as well as on our planet. As global warming continues to be a substantial risk for our nation as well as our planet, we must take significant action to fight against the main causes of global warming.”

“We can not wait any longer to work to slow down the harmful effects of global warming, and on this 40th Anniversary of Earth Day we must recommit ourselves to this environmental goal.”

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