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
Oregon's 1st District representative, also top Democrat on the House environment subcommittee, said administrator 'put nation at risk' with policies, not just his spending abuses and questions about government ethics.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, long a critic of Scott Pruitt, welcomed his resignation Thursday as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for the past 16 months.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has secured a provision in the federal Water Resources Development Act to clear the way for restoration of 52 acres of wetlands along the Walluski River by the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce.
The biennial water resources legislation authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the nation’s water infrastructure. It passed the House on a 408-2 vote and has a high likelihood of passage in the Senate.
Oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet and are home to more than a thousand species of marine life. Oceans generate the oxygen that we breathe. They regulate our climate and provide healthy meals for people daily. Coastal communities rely on healthy oceans—as do shellfish, fish, marine mammals, birds, and ecosystems around the world. June 8 is World Oceans Day which serves a reminder that regardless of where we live or our political party, we must remain committed to protect, conserve, maintain, and rebuild our ocean resources.
On National Dam Safety Awareness Day, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) toured Scoggins Dam and received an update about federally-funded safety and storage improvements to the dam currently being studied by Clean Water Services and the Bureau of Reclamation. Scoggins Dam is one of the most seismically vulnerable facilities in the Bureau’s inventory.
Workforce issues continue to plague the commercial fishing world, industry leaders told attendees during the second annual Clatsop Commercial Fisheries Tour Wednesday.
The tour highlighted successful businesses in Warrenton and Astoria, improved marina infrastructure in Warrenton, as well as conservation efforts within the industry.
But Andrew Bornstein of Bornstein Seafoods said the company has struggled to fill out its employee roster — an issue that is inextricably tied to the lack of affordable and workforce-priced housing in Clatsop County, he said.