Gaylord Nelson

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Gaylord Anton Nelson is a former American Democratic Party Senator of Wisconsin, and one of the founders of Earth Day. In 1970, he called for Congressional hearings on the safety of combined oral contraceptive pills.

Nelson was a World War II veteran, serving in the US Army in the Pacific.


"The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become…. We have to address the population issue. The United Nations, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it's phony to say 'I'm for the environment but not for limiting immigration.'"

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Senator Gaylord Nelson Biography