More on Climate Change

Jun 1, 2017

SEEC Co-Chairs Condemn Decision to Withdraw from Paris Deal and Call for Continued Commitment to U.S. Climate Pledge from Leaders and Communities Across the Country

Washington D.C. – Today SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko, and Doris Matsui released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

May 30, 2017

SEEC Sends Tax Principles to House Ways & Means Committee

Washington D.C. – Today members of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee. The letter, led by SEEC Vice-Chair Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), details green tax reform priorities including financial incentives to reduce harmful carbon pollution, which should be the foundation of any tax reform plan. Early estimates suggest that a $25-per-ton surcharge on carbon would generate $977 billion over 10 years and provide a needed incentive to reduce carbon pollution over time. The letter was signed by Representatives Polis, Tonko, Matsui, Connolly, Pingree, Cartwright, Lowenthal, Quigley, Pocan, Lee, Tsongas, Lieu, Nolan, Hanabusa, Huffman, and Keating.

May 26, 2017

SEEC Co-Chairs Oppose Trump Budget Cuts

Washington D.C. – Following the release of President Trump’s FY18 Budget, the Co-Chairs of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) made the following statements:

May 26, 2017

SEEC Co-Chairs Call on President Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

Washington D.C. – SEEC Co- Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Paul Tonko (D-NY) sent a letter today to President Donald Trump urging him to remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement.

May 24, 2017

SEEC Members call on Secretary Perry to release ARPA-E funds

Washington D.C. – SEEC Member Rep. Don Beyer was joined by SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Paul Tonko, Gerry Connolly, and Doris Matsui and 55 other Members of Congress in pressing Energy Secretary Rick Perry to immediately release funds to previously-approved projects at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). They also asked the Secretary to clarify the Department of Energy’s procedures for approving and funding grants, after Members of Congress from both parties expressed frustration with departmental processes which have recently become opaque and confusing.

Apr 28, 2017

SEEC Members Call for Climate Justice, Jobs, Action

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March marking President Trump's 100th Day in office SEEC members joined with environmental justice advocates to call on the Administration to end their anti-environmental assault and take action to support climate justice and jobs.

Apr 14, 2017

Media Advisory: Congressional Leaders Call for Climate Justice, Jobs and Action

On Thursday, April 27th at 9am Members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) and other environmental leaders will gather at the House Triangle (East Front of the U.S. Capitol near the House steps) to call for climate justice, jobs and a clean energy economy.

Apr 13, 2017

For Our National Security, It’s Time for Climate Action | By SEEC Member Rep. Ted Lieu

At this very moment, millions of individuals across Somalia, Nigeria, and the South Sudan are suffering from drought and famine. In recent years, the Philippines, a country in which the United States has invested heavily, has been devastated by typhoons and natural disasters. And not too long ago, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the Atlantic coast. These events not only present environmental and humanitarian risks, they also create national security threats. While it may be difficult to attribute a specific event to climate change, it is not difficult to show carbon and methane pollution is causing a pattern of disruptions across the world. To ensure a strong defense and a prosperous future, it is absolutely critical that the United States address the connections between climate change and national security.

Apr 13, 2017

The cost of climate change inaction and denial | By SEEC Member Rep. Niki Tsongas

If you want a succinct summation of the veracity and urgency posed by today’s environmental challenges, don’t listen to the politicians. Listen to Katherine, a mother of two from Acton: “Environmental pollution is real and in our backyards,” she wrote to me. Science backs her up, in particular when it comes to climate change. The vast majority of the scientific community tells us that threat is real, is caused by human activity, and could have devastating effects all over the world for this and future generations.

Apr 13, 2017

SEEC Member Rep. Don Beyer wants to make the House Science Committee great again

About an hour and a half into the hearing, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), a second-term congressman representing northern Virginia, had an opportunity to question the witnesses. Addressing the panel broadly, Beyer first praised the legacy of the EPA, and admonished the Republican side of the committee for disputing climate science with articles from Breitbart and the Daily Mail. “The Science Committee’s contribution now is like that of Emperor Nero, fiddling while Rome burned down around him,” Beyer said. “This is irresponsible and dangerous. It is not leadership, and it will not make the EPA, or America, great.”