Energy and Environment
Our economy is inextricably intertwined with our long-term energy and conservation strategies. By investing in renewable energy and protecting our natural wonders, we can address climate change while modernizing our economy.
I am committed to taking aggressive action to reverse the effects of climate change. That is why I am committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, promoting policies that keep our air and water clean, supporting a marketplace where green energy technologies and jobs can thrive, protecting our environment through conservation, and connecting communities to the outdoors.
The San Gabriel Mountains are often the only place that the two million urbanized residents of the San Gabriel Valley can go to hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors. These rugged mountains provide over 70% of LA County’s open space and host over 3 million visitors a year. Meanwhile, the surrounding region is one of the most park-poor in the country.
As beautiful as these mountains are, they are in critical need of safe and proper facilities, clean up efforts, and educational programs. San Gabriel Valley residents and environmental groups have pushed for additional conservation, resources, and facilities in the Mountains and throughout the San Gabriel River Watershed to protect the natural resources we have left and expand recreational opportunities for communities in the region.
My efforts to protect San Gabriel Valley’s natural resources include:
Introduced legislation to expand federal resources and protections for the San Gabriel Mountains. I introduced the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act, which would establish a comprehensive national recreation area in the foothill communities and river corridor, expand the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and expand wilderness within the mountains. Now I am urging Congress to pass this bill to secure permanent protections for the mountains.
In October 2014, President Obama acted on my call for permanent protection for the San Gabriel Mountains and declared 346,000 acres as the nation's newest national monument! Immediately after the new status was announced, over $4 million were pledged by various groups to help improve this area. This change, the biggest since 1908, is a crucial step at making our treasured mountains, rivers, and forests a national priority, but it is just a first step. I will continue to push for more protections and resources through my NRA bill. You can see the map of the new San Gabriel Monument here.
I also consistently cosponsor legislation to protect and preserve nature, including protecting endangered species, providing funding for international conservation efforts, protecting forests, marine environments, and the many delicate natural habitats in need of our help.
Climate change is an existential threat that demands our bold, immediate action. As a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, I support measures to phase out the use of fossil fuels, increase investments in clean energy technology, and place a price on greenhouse gas emissions.
I am continually supporting strong protections for our public lands, waters, and natural resources here in Congress. I am also defending our environment from attacks under the Trump Administration.
Pollutants significantly threaten public health by contaminating our air and water. Reducing pollution will lead to trillions in savings from fewer healthcare costs and lost work days, less environmental cleanup, and less environmental damage down the line. It also creates jobs as facilities upgrade and new technology develops. That is why I have spoken out against the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of environmental protections and any policies that attack the environment.
Healthy oceans are an integral part of a healthy environment. Our oceans and coasts are also major contributors to our economy, food supply, and recreation opportunities for local communities and visitors alike. In California, our active coastline is one of our greatest natural treasures, and a critical source of business through trade, tourism, and fishing.
That is why I have consistently opposed offshore oil drilling in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic waters around the United States. These are fragile, volatile environments where oil spill mitigation is difficult and no measures are currently in place to provide a rapid, adequate response in an emergency. An oil spill in the Pacific would ravage our shipping and fishing lanes, and oil on our shores would cripple our booming tourist economy.
Likewise, new or expanded oil drilling into protected public lands like the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge will hurt native communities, destroy priceless habitats and ecosystems, and lead to worsening global warming.
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