Energy and Environment
Oregon’s First Congressional District is known for its natural treasures — from the Pacific Ocean to the Columbia River to the Clatsop State Forest — and it is imperative that they be preserved for future generations. We do not need to sacrifice environmental values to rebuild the economy, and in Congress I have repeatedly voted against legislation that would weaken the environmental review process or threaten the environmental health of our public lands.
With oil prices increasing and the effects of global climate change already apparent, it’s more important than ever to develop a comprehensive national energy policy that includes a greater emphasis on renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Investing in and developing these nascent technologies will help drive down demand for, and the price of, gasoline. In Oregon, with our natural solar, wind, and wave resources, we have an opportunity to lead the nation in efforts to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels. By focusing our investments on renewable resources, we not only protect our environment but also have the opportunity to support new industries, jobs, and innovative businesses that are developing natural energy sources. One of the many steps we can take to begin a shift in our energy policy is eliminating costly and ineffective oil and gas subsidies, and instead putting those resources toward renewable energy research and development.
Additionally I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in Congress to vote for the continuation of renewable energy tax credits in 2015. These credits are critical to supporting emerging industries, creating new jobs across NW Oregon, and moving toward a new energy future for our country. We should be pursuing policies that support working families and small businesses instead of supporting Big Oil and special interests. I will continue fighting for legislation to repeal subsidies that support our nation’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels.
More on Energy and Environment
July 17, 2018
The highly anticipated — and controversial, for many — Salmonberry Trail project has finally begun, with one of the first small "catalyst" projects in the extensive project showing progress earlier this month in Tillamook.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici visited a proposed restoration project Tuesday at South Tongue Point, highlighting the importance of the Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund in aiding local habitat projects.
The Columbia Land Trust recently secured federal and state grants to purchase 90 acres of South Tongue Point. The Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce will oversee the restoration. Afterwards, the property will be transferred to Clatsop Community College for use as a living laboratory in a new environmental sciences program.
A new EPA-backed proposal could end up limiting the role science plays in creating public regulations on environmental activity. Back in April, the now ex-head of the EPA Scott Pruitt introduced a piece of legislation aimed at increasing the “transparency” of regulatory science.
The new bill would allow the EPA to disregard scientific research if the raw data underlying that research is not made publicly available. Although Pruitt is no longer head of the EPA, the agency is still planning to introduce the bill to congress come August.
Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed S. 756, the Save Our Seas Act, a bill to assist local communities and states in removing garbage and debris from our oceans and shores. House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the bill, H.R. 2748, last year.