Environmental Protection, Sustainable Energy, and the Climate Crisis

In our district, we are experiencing more extreme heat waves, longer droughts, more intense wildfires, rising sea levels, and unprecedented coastal erosion.

Mike disagrees with the idea that you cannot protect the environment and grow the economy at the same time. We are doing it in California, and he believes that we can lead in Washington, as well, if we embrace science when it comes to our environment, our economy, and the creation of the clean energy jobs of the future.

During his first term, Mike has:

  • Served on the Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
  • As a member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Mike was proud that seven of his bills were included in the Climate Action Plan recently released by the committee, including the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2019 and the Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act of 2019, to create a national zero emissions vehicle standard and expand zero emission vehicle charging infrastructure on our federal public lands.
  • In addition to his work on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Mike has played a leadership role in important legislation to combat the climate crisis, including H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which keeps our country in the Paris Climate Agreement and passed the House earlier this year. 
  • Co-sponsored four pieces of legislation that aim to protect our coast from the threat of offshore drilling, two of which have passed the House of Representatives.
  • Successfully advocated for the $8.28 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $2.65 million for Oceanside Harbor dredging, and $495 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, as part of the 2020 bipartisan appropriations package.
  • Co-led the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public lands which passed in the House as part of the Moving Forward Act, along with his Desalination Development Act, which would provide $260 million for environmentally-conscious desalination projects.
  • Co-sponsored the House resolution expressing the aspirational creation of a future clean energy economy, to combat the climate crisis, and provide economic security to millions of Americans, known as the Green New Deal.
  • Introduced the Clean Skies Act, to require the EPA to establish aircraft greenhouse gas emission standards.
  • Played a leadership role in passing the Great American Outdoors Act through the House. This bipartisan bill provides a permanent annual $900 million appropriation for the Land and Water Conservation fund, and creates a National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund. The Great American Outdoors Act will ensure that our National Parks are preserved for future generations.
  • Due to Mike’s advocacy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $400,000 in federal funding for the Planning, Engineering & Design (PED) phase of the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project to stabilize the bluffs and keep our coastal community safe. $505,000 will also be allocated for the PED phase of the San Clemente Shoreline Project in Orange County.

Tijuana River Valley

  • Played a leadership role in securing $300 million available to clean up the hazardous water pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, which will be disbursed in $75 million increments over the next four years. 
  • Introduced the Border Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, which included language that was closely mirrored in the USMCA, and cosponsored legislation to provide for the water quality restoration of the Tijuana River.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)

Addressing the safe storage and removal of the hazardous Nuclear Waste at San Onofre from our coast is a top priority and Mike has made SONGS a primary focus of his first year in office.

In California, the combination of high population density and earthquake faults present a unique challenge when it comes to safely storing nuclear waste. 

During his first term, Mike has:

  • Created a task force to analyze all of the major issues regarding SONGS, and to help identify the best path forward. The SONGS Task Force recently released a comprehensive report containing recommendations on how to address the safe storage and removal of nuclear waste from our coast at San Onofre.
  • Introduced the Spent Fuel Prioritization Act of 2019, to expedite the removal of nuclear waste from decommissioned plants in areas with high population density and seismic hazard, such as San Onofre.
  • Advocated for funding and legislation to support the development of a consolidated interim storage program at the Department of Energy, and assist with important site preparation activities and regional transportation efforts.
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 3136, the STORE Nuclear Fuel Act of 2019, directing the Secretary of Energy to establish a program for the interim storage of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.

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