Obama celebrates Earth Day, says he's working on climate bill

08:26, April 23, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said his administration is making headway toward passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation.

In a White House statement celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Obama said the United States has made "immense progress" in the past four decades.

"Millions of Americans have ... joined together to protect the planet we share," the president said.

Obama said that since taking office, his administration has worked to make investments in clean energy to create jobs and "lay the foundation for long-term economic growth."

"We have also renewed our commitment to passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation that will safeguard our planet, spur innovation and allow us to compete and win in the 21st century economy," Obama said.

Earth Day was created in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who wanted to increase environmental awareness. More than one billion people in 190 countries were expected to attend related events this year.

Source:Xinhua

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