Following is the Earth Day 2013 statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate.

"The great Democrat Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day because of, not in spite of, the corporate forces funding Wisconsin's radical Republican regime that are now undoing decades of bipartisan commitment to clean air and water.

"Governor Nelson understood that when he said that, "The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity."

"And yet now, with reckless glee, Scott Walker Republicans are rolling back the modest regulations that have helped preserve what Creation gave us in the nation's most beautiful state.

"Preserving our conservation heritage used to never be a Republican issue, or a Democratic one. On Earth Day 2013, we hope that the radical Republicans now in charge look toward what is right for the environment and the generations to come, instead of what helps them reap their harvest of corporate campaign cash."