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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

March 31, 2021 Statements
President Biden has committed to build back better, and the American Jobs Plan meets the moment.
March 31, 2021 Press Release
Many of our coastal communities are struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.
March 1, 2021 Press Release
Oregon’s 23 public ports are a key component in sustaining Oregon’s economy and quality of life, including in our state’s most rural areas.
March 1, 2021 Press Release
The health of our ocean reflects the health of our planet, and for too long the ocean has been taking the heat for us. My COAST Research Act will expand the scientific research and monitoring to help coastal communities.
March 1, 2021 Press Release
This storm left power lines and trees coated in ice, both of which brought down power lines when they snapped under the additional weight, broke utility poles, and blocked roads.
February 25, 2021 In The News

The road outside their house is controlled by the U.S. Department of Labor, which oversees the Tongue Point Job Corps Center down the road. Local officials have reached out to the federal agency and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici for assistance.

February 22, 2021 In The News

A letter signed by senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, as well as representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici and Cliff Bentz, was sent to President Biden Tuesday, imploring him to approve Brown’s request.

February 19, 2021 In The News

A letter signed by senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, as well as representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici and Cliff Bentz, was sent to President Biden Tuesday, imploring him to approve Brown’s request.

February 18, 2021 Press Release
We have an opportunity and an obligation to solve the climate crisis, and it is an honor to continue serving as a senior member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee at this critical time when we will advance bold policies to protect our planet.
February 12, 2021 In The News

"Estuaries are often overlooked and undervalued, but they are a key tool in our work to solve the climate crisis," U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici stated in a press release. "As co-chair of the Congressional Estuary Caucus, I was pleased to help lead the effort to support and safeguard our National Estuary Programs with the Protect and Restore America's Estuaries Act, and I am committed to securing additional resources to protect our precious coastal ecosystems.