RIP: Sen. Gaylord Nelson


“As the father of Earth Day, he is the grandfather of all that grew out of that event: the Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act,” read the proclamation from Clinton.

“Gaylord’s contributions in the fields of conservation reform and environmental improvement are a living memorial to him,” Melvin Laird, a nine-term congressman from Wisconsin and secretary of defense in the Nixon administration, said in a statement before the death was announced.