Our district is home to more than 50 miles of beautiful California coastline and other cherished lands and waters like San Onofre State Park and the San Elijo Lagoon. Unfortunately, these natural treasures are threatened by the climate crisis, including more extreme heat waves and longer droughts fueling year-round wildfires, and rising sea levels and storm surges driving unprecedented coastal erosion.
As a longtime advocate for climate action and member of the House Natural Resources Committee and Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Mike has led aggressive legislation to protect our planet for future generations. One of the first bills he supported in Congress banned new offshore drilling along our coast and protected the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Mike knows that we can protect our environment, combat the climate crisis, and grow our economy at the same time. California has proven it is possible and Mike has used our success as a model for action in Washington. He introduced legislation to transition America to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), expand charging infrastructure, and convert Park Service and Forest Service fleets to ZEVs so that we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manufacture the cars of the future right here in America.
Mike has also worked across the aisle on bipartisan efforts to combat climate change, and introduced legislation with his Republican colleagues to expand renewable energy development on public lands in an environmentally responsible way.
In our district, we also face environmental threats from the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Since the first days of his campaign for Congress, Mike has focused on increasing transparency and accountability at San Onofre and getting the waste off of our beach as quickly and safely as possible.
To ensure local stakeholders were heard, Mike created a SONGS Task Force of experts and community leaders around the region to identify policy solutions. The SONGS Task Force released a comprehensive report containing recommendations on how to address the safe storage and removal of nuclear waste from our coast.
Informed by the recommendations of the SONGS Task Force, Mike introduced legislation to expedite the removal of nuclear waste from decommissioned plants in areas with high population density and seismic hazard, such as San Onofre; repeatedly pushed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to increase oversight at San Onofre; and advocated for increased federal funding for consolidated interim storage. He also led legislation that was signed into law to spur innovation and research in the storage, transportation, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel.
With two young children at home, Mike will always work to protect our planet for future generations.