House Democrats to launch task force on nature, oceans

March 7, 2022
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The House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition is launching a new task force today focused on natural climate solutions and the restoration of oceans and public lands, according to details shared exclusively with The Climate 202.

The Nature and Oceans Task Force will be co-chaired by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) and will seek to support nature-based climate solutions such as planting trees, as well as the Biden administration's goal of conserving and restoring 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.

The coalition, a group of more than 70 climate-conscious House Democrats, launched three task forces in January focused on climate and agriculture; climate and national security; and power-sector decarbonization, The Climate 202 scooped at the time.

“As Co-Chair of SEEC, I work every day with my colleagues to take a full-systems approach to critical climate and clean energy policies," Matsui said in a statement. “Natural climate solutions and the restoration of our oceans and public lands are central components to these comprehensive solutions.”

The other members of the new task force include Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree (Maine), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.) and Derek Kilmer (Wash.).