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
California is falling behind in addressing the climate crisis.
Yesterday, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) along with Reps. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Dan Kildee (MI-5), introduced the PFAs Waste Incineration Ban Act of 2019.
The legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit the incineration of firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs). Additionally, the bill would require the EPA to identify other wastes containing PFAs and prohibit their incineration.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said Monday that he's planning to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to expand the electric vehicle tax credit and link it to domestic manufacturing, calling the bill a way to help both the environment and the economy.
"That's a pretty concrete application of how the Green New Deal can create jobs in the United States," Khanna, the first vice chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters.
Expensive measures such as “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal are among the issues facing the House Democrats who will weigh the fiscal aspects of the party’s most ambitious ideas now that they control the majority.
But the rise of Modern Monetary Theory within the party has some lawmakers wondering whether it even matters whether those programs increase the deficit, as long as the country isn’t at risk of significant inflation.
Rep. Ro Khanna is at the nexus of old and new in the Democratic Party.
The second-term lawmaker from Silicon Valley served in the Commerce Department under President Obama, with establishment ties dating back to Obama's first run for the Illinois Senate in 1996.
He's also an insurgent progressive who unseated longtime Democratic Rep. Mike Honda in 2016 and was the only member of the House to back Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in her stunning primary defeat of then-Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley.
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.