Environment and Climate
It is our responsibility to leave the planet healthy and safe for our children and future generations. This requires preserving open spaces, developing sustainable communities, achieving energy efficiency and water conservation, and investing in alternative energy sources. I will fight for protective measures against the harmful effects of climate change and hold local polluters accountable.
Protecting the environment can also help to create new jobs. By developing new energy sources and technologies, we can strengthen and diversify our economy while providing for American workers and their families.
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More on Environment and Climate
Nancy Pelosi is facing an unexpected flare-up on climate change that is complicating relationships among House Democrats ahead of crucial leadership elections.
Incoming liberals, led by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, are demanding Pelosi go beyond her promise to revive a select committee on global warming; they want her and the rest of the Democratic Caucus to back an ambitious plan to transition the economy to 100 percent renewable energy in a little more than a decade.
Two Democratic members of Congress are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to put a cap on any new fossil fuel projects and set a timeline for a hard stop on oil and gas extraction throughout the state.
In a letter sent to Brown on Wednesday, Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) asked him to end all fossil fuel production in the Golden State as part of the governor's commitment to "driving transformational change."
SACRAMENTO – Rep. Ro Khanna, along with Rep. Barbara Lee, sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, calling for his administration to announce an end to new fossil fuel projects, a health and safety buffer for projects in residential areas, and a transition plan to end California’s existing oil and gas production.
The full text of the letter is embedded below and a PDF copy is available here.
The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Four years ago today (April 25), the Michigan town of Flint switched the source of its water, resulting in dangerous levels of lead and a public health catastrophewhose affects continue. Now, on the anniversary of the start of the crisis, two members of Congress have introduced legislation to prevent a similar situation from happening again.
Washington, DC – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) today introduced the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act of 2018, which would provide clean and safe drinking water to millions of people while creating nearly a million jobs.
In California, raging wildfires fueled by climate change have killed at least 40 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and scorched more than 200,000 acres—roughly the size of New York City. The fires are now the deadliest in California since record keeping began. At least 100,000 people have been forced to evacuate, with about 75,000 people still displaced. Some residents had to flee for their lives, as drought conditions and powerful, erratic winds have contributed to the explosive spread of the fires.
Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement on the White House’s release of its budget blueprint:
“The budget proposal President Trump released today would underfund national priorities and hurt working families. Investments in public education, research and development, the creative industries, and environmental protections support a vibrant and secure economy. Yet, the White House wants to ignore American values by initiating massive cuts to these programs,” said Rep. Khanna. “The strength of our nation is more than just our military might.”
Washington, DC - Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement on President Trump's address to Congress this evening:
SAN JOSE – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following statement in response to the flooding in San Jose and mandatory evacuation orders.
“I am concerned by the dislocation of so many residents by the flooding, and my heart goes out to them. We will work with the local, state, and federal government to take all necessary actions in alleviating damage for anyone affected. I encourage any resident in San Jose who needs help to contact our office at 408-436-2720 so we can help to connect them with the appropriate agency.”