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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. In Congress I am committed to working to protect our public lands and natural resources, address climate change, move toward a clean energy future, and defend science and protect the Environmental Protection Agency from political influence.

In Northwest Oregon, we are facing the challenges of our inaction on climate change, whether it be more acidic oceans, rising sea levels, raging wildfires, changing agricultural conditions, and extreme weather events. Climate change and pollution also disproportionately affect our most vulnerable, and we must do more to protect the public of health of our communities. It is past time for Congress and the country to take action and address the growing threat of climate change and protect our environment. The United States has the ability and the obligation to lead the world’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels, and transition to 100% clean energy. I will continue to work with my colleagues to implement adaptation and mitigation strategies as we fight to take meaningful action on climate change.

Climate change affects our entire economy and it’s more important than ever to develop a comprehensive national energy policy that shifts us toward a clean energy future. In Oregon, with our natural solar, wind, and wave resources, we have an opportunity to lead the nation in decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels.  I’ve been proud to help secure federal funding for research and development of cutting-edge wave energy research in Oregon. By investing in renewable energy, we also have the opportunity to support new innovative, industries, and create more good-paying jobs for working families. I will also continue to advocate for rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure in sustainable and resilient manner and strengthen investments in clean and efficient transportation technologies.

Many Oregonians rely on our oceans to earn a living, and residents and visitors cherish our coastal communities. It is our responsibility to protect and sustain the oceans for the health of planet, our economy, and for the enjoyment of future generations. As co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus and Congressional Estuary Caucus, I am working to find commonsense solutions to critical problems like ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, marine debris, tsunami preparedness, and illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing. I also advocate for robust federal funding for the cutting-edge science and research our oceans need.



More on Energy and Environment

April 22, 2019 Press Release
As we transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy, we must recognize that marine energy is an untapped renewable energy source.
April 4, 2019 Press Release
As we consider future budgets and appropriations, we must adjust spending levels to respond to the latest science and to repeated calls from the scientific community to invest in efforts to meaningfully address climate change.
March 28, 2019 Press Release
Coastal communities in Oregon and across the country are already facing the devastating effects of ocean acidification, and we must strengthen our approach.
March 20, 2019 In The News

By Suzanne Bonamici

Bonamici, a Democrat, represents Oregon’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

We can no longer wait to take bold action on climate change.

February 28, 2019 Press Release
The economic vitality of coastal states like Oregon depends on the health of our oceans, and greenhouse gas emissions and climate change are changing ocean chemistry.
February 28, 2019 Press Release
The Senate’s confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the EPA is deeply disappointing.
February 15, 2019 Press Release
Our coastal communities rely on accurate ocean data and monitoring for information on ocean acidification, harmful algal bloom and hypoxia forecasting, tsunami preparedness, navigation, and port security.
February 15, 2019 Press Release
We must do more to help vulnerable communities prepare and respond to landslides.
February 14, 2019 Press Release
Our oceans and estuaries face immediate threats from increasing carbon emissions.
February 14, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici is one of nine new Democrats on a revived House select committee on climate change.

Her appointment Thursday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the latest in a series of assignments that have resulted in the first subcommittee chairmanship for the Beaverton Democrat in her seven years in the 1st District congressional seat of northwest Oregon.

Democrats won a majority in the 2018 election, giving them control of the chamber — and as a Democrat in the House's majority party for the first time, Bonamici has gained new prominence.