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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

July 16, 2021 In The News

Congressional investigators are planning to question an Exxon Mobil Corp. lobbyist who inadvertently confirmed a decadeslong effort by the company to derail federal action on climate change in a secretly recorded video, according to officials involved in the effort.

The interview by the House Oversight and Reform Committee will likely precede what stands to be a blockbuster hearing with Exxon CEO Darren Woods and other executives of major oil and gas producers.

July 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – July 14, 2021 – This week, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced legislation to create a level playing field for independent family farmers and transform the broken system built by multi-national meatpacking companies. The Farm System Reform Act would, among other things, strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act to crack down on the monopolistic practices of meatpackers and corporate integrators, place a moratorium on large factory farms, sometimes referred to as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and restore ma

June 30, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Chairman Ro Khanna (D-CA) of the Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment, released the following statement after audio surfaced of a lead Exxon lobbyist bragging about stopping climate action:

June 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – On June 8, 2021, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and lead House sponsor of the Endless Frontier Act, released this statement following the successful passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act in the Senate:

April 22, 2021 In The News

Swedish climate advocate Greta Thunberg urged a House subcommittee on Thursday to end tax breaks for fossil fuel producers, saying their existence was a "disgrace," and she accused lawmakers who have failed to remove them as "proof that we have not understood the climate emergency."

April 22, 2021 In The News

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will testify Thursday to a U.S. congressional hearing on fossil fuel subsidies, which the committee's progressive chairman is pressuring President Joe Biden to end.

Thunberg will appear virtually before the House Oversight Committee's subcommittee on the environment the same day Biden kicks off a virtual two-day Earth Day summit with world leaders, seeking to assert U.S. leadership internationally on climate change.

March 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Chairman Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) of the Subcommittee on Environment announced today that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) will serve as Vice Chair.

February 11, 2021 In The News

California Democrat Ro Khanna is taking the helm of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment, offering both progressive climate ambitions and pragmatic sensibilities to a panel charged with scrutinizing environmental agencies and the energy industry.

The congressman represents the Silicon Valley area and, in just a few years in Congress, his national reputation has grown to "lion size," to borrow a phrase from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

October 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced a landmark jobs package to ensure the future of work is accessible to every American and that the U.S. leads the digital age. Khanna’s plan will create a Federal Institute of Technology (FIT), with approx. 30 locations spread across the country, and allocates $900 billion in R&D funding for emerging technologies like Advanced Manufacturing, Synthetic Biology, Artificial intelligence, Biotechnology, and Cybersecurity.

The 21st Century Jobs Package also includes: