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
The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee advanced key legislation to address the growing global marine debris crisis late last week. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act (S.1982/H.R.2969) – sponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) – would create a federal marine debris foundation, establish a “genius prize” to encourage the development of solutions to address plastics pollution, and launch a number of federal studies into marine debris.
A pair of Democratic lawmakers called on the National Academy of Sciences to review EPA's proposed science transparency rule over concerns it would inhibit the agency's ability to protect Americans' health and the environment by limiting the scope of research EPA could consider.
Democrats tore into an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan Wednesday that would bar the agency from relying on scientific studies that don’t release their underlying data — a controversial proposal resurfacing this week with reports that the agency may expand the reach of the rule.
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) has asked the EPA to hold off on finalizing a rule until the National Academy of Sciences can conduct a review. She sent a letter to the group Wednesday asking for their analysis.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici says the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump may draw most of the public's attention, but the House is working on other issues affecting people's lives.
As an example, Bonamici said, a House subcommittee she leads has produced a bill (HR 4334) to extend federal spending authority under the Older Americans Act, which was originally passed in 1965.
A Portland-based industrial company completed the construction of a first of its kind renewable wave energy device.
“As we transition to a clean energy economy we have to recognize the wonderful potential and the great potential of marine energy can help us meet our clean energy needs but also create so many good paying jobs,” Oregon Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said.