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Environmental Protection and Sustainability

"The many environmental and natural resource issues facing this nation require thoughtful and inclusive policy and leadership in order to leave this planet inhabitable for our children and grandchildren."

As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I have the honor of serving on the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and the Subcommittee on Water and Power. It is my role to help ensure that our country’s natural resources are managed in the most sustainable and responsible way possible, and to strike the proper balance between our public lands’ many uses.

Global Warming & Climate Change

There is scientific consensus that humans are playing a major role in climate change.

The greatest challenge to our generation is the impact of climate change, and consequently we must also look beyond fossil fuels to meet our energy needs. For example, investing in wind, solar, and geothermal power coupled with changes in our transportation sector will help decrease our reliance on foreign oil and ensure that the United States becomes the leader in the global race to reduce the impacts of climate change and create clean energy jobs and technologies.

In May of 2014, I announced the release of the latest major survey of scientific literature on climate change that shows there is virtually no disagreement by scientists that humans are contributing to climate change. The survey, conducted by researcher and former head of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Dr. James Powell, found that of the 10,885 peer-reviewed scientific articles published in 2013 on the topic of climate change, only two papers rejected man-made climate change.

Click the picture above to watch my speech on the climate (April 10, 2014)

The case is closed. Every minute we waste on this "myth of disagreement," is one minute longer we have to wait to take concrete action, making any solution more difficult and more expensive.

Environmental Protections

While serving in the California Assembly and State Senate, I helped lead efforts that resulted in major reductions in air pollution generated at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the busiest container port complexes in the Western Hemisphere, which is now a global model of environmental stewardship. These accomplishments exemplify my fundamental belief that environmental protection and economic success are not mutually exclusive. I am proud to continue that work here in Congress.

In November of 2013, I authored the Democratic alternative amendment to H.R. 2728, which would have allowed the federal government to set standards of fracking chemical disclosure to the public by the oil and gas industries.

Click the picture above to watch my speech on the Democratic alternative amendment to H.R. 2728 (November 20, 2013)

Again in November of 2013, I offered an amendment to H.R. 1965 that would ensure the public has a right to know about the environmental and health effects of oil and gas operations on public lands before drilling may begin. Regrettably, however, the amendment was not adopted into the bill.  

I believe it is in the fracking industry’s best interest to provide information to the public. If we are going to engage in fracking, it must be done in an accountable and transparent way. When the oil and gas industry hides the facts, it erodes the public’s trust and breeds suspicion.

The way this generation lives, grows, and prospers on the Earth will determine the world we leave to our children. I want to ensure that we leave our children a better world than the one we live in—a world that focuses on long-term, sustainable energy and land management solutions. When extracting nonrenewable resources, it is our responsibility to ensure safeguards exist that protect communities, while guaranteeing future generations the promise of clean water, fresh air, and unspoiled lands.

Green Jobs

Effectively leveraging America’s natural and renewable resources creates high-paying jobs and sets us on a course to a cleaner and greener future. We, as a nation, must focus on the creation and cultivation of those jobs that capitalize on the power of American clean energy resources.

Preservation & Conservation

America is blessed with many natural wonders, both on land and at sea, which have been preserved because of visionary leaders such as President Theodore Roosevelt and Conservationist John Muir. By promoting ecosystem-wide sustainable policies for oceans and fisheries, as well as wildlife and inland water systems, I hope to preserve our public lands for all to enjoy for generations.

In March of 2014, I authored an amendment to H.R. 2824 that would keep coal companies from spoiling our nation’s streams and rivers. By establishing what is known as a stream “buffer zone,” coal companies would be prohibited from dumping their coal waste within 100 feet from our waterways. While my amendment was not adopted into the bill, I will continue to fight to protect our rivers and streams.  

For more information concerning my work and views on natural resources, please contact me.

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