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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

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 13, 2019 Statements

Today the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is holding the first meaningful hearing on climate change in years. The science is clear and the findings from the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Fourth National Climate Assessment are more than a wakeup call; they are alarming. 


February 7, 2019 In The News

Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on Thursday was appointed to a high-profile committee focused on combating climate change.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Bonamici and seven other Democrats to the new panel on a day that also saw the release of the Green New Deal, a sweeping legislative resolution that calls for moving the economy away from fossil fuels.

February 7, 2019 Press Release
Speaker Nancy Pelosi today named Democratic Members to serve on the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
February 7, 2019 Press Release
I am honored that Speaker Pelosi has selected me serve on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
February 1, 2019 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [02/1/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced that she will serve on two subcommittees on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee: Environment, and Investigations and Oversight.


January 28, 2019 Press Release
Although we are relieved that you acknowledged that climate change poses an existential threat to our way of life, it is unacceptable that you admitted you have not been fully briefed on the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment.
January 9, 2019 Press Release
Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a leader on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).