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
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) called for a public takeover of the investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. as anger mounts over widespread blackouts aimed at keeping electrical equipment from igniting wildfires.
In an interview with HuffPost, the Silicon Valley progressive accused the power company of prioritizing high executive salaries and payouts to investors over infrastructure upgrades needed to operate safely in a hotter, drier climate.
Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California, has called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to transform Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) into a customer-owned utility.
PG&E has been under scrutiny after the Oct. 9 power shutoff affected about 738,000 customers, Bill Johnson, the company's CEO, said in a statement. Earlier this week, the company cut off power to about 1 million customers in Northern California in an attempt to prevent wildfires.
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, on Tuesday called for "bold action," urging California to seize public ownership of PG&E amidst widespread wildfires throughout the state.
"This situation has been devastating for many people across California. Many are without power and homes have been destroyed by these fires," Khanna said in a statement from his office in Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement on PG&E causing thousands of residents to evacuate.
California Rep. Ro Khanna told CNBC on Tuesday the government should take control of PG&E as the nation’s largest utility puts millions of state residents in the dark in hopes of preventing more wildfires.
“I would have them as a public utility,” said Khanna, a Democrat whose district spans Silicon Valley. “They have failed to make the investments in the infrastructure. The regulators are too loose.”
“It’s time for the state to take ownership of PG&E, and make sure that they are doing what they need to do to keep the power on and keep people safe,” he added.
Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Khanna issued the following statement in response to PG&E’s decision to shut power off for hundreds of thousands of customers across California.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced the Farmer Fairness Act. The bill would extend the environmental liability that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) contract farmers are already subject to under the Clean Water Act to integrator companies.
California is falling behind in addressing the climate crisis.
Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna spoke at a forum in the South Bay this weekend to help unveil key actions that Bay Area cities can take to combat climate change, while touting the importance of the Green New Deal on the region’s economy.
Khanna, who represents California’s 17th Congressional District on Saturday spoke to a crowd of roughly 100 residents during a Climate Action Leadership Forum hosted by the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter.