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Oct 30, 2017 | CQ

A Post-Hurricane Witches’ Brew at Superfund Sites

Since the hurricanes, 23 members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition asked Pruitt — who has downplayed humans’ impact on climate change — how he will prepare for Superfund cleanups and other toxic removals “in light of increases in extreme weather.”

Apr 13, 2017 | Pacific Council

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...

Apr 13, 2017 | Wicked Local

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 | Think Progress

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...

Apr 13, 2017 | The Hill

Green group, Dem lawmaker sue Trump to stop border wall

Issues: Environment, Water

An environmental group is suing the Trump administration, saying its proposed wall along the southern border violates environmental law. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit along with SEEC Member Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), saying the Department of Homeland Security is obligated to draft a new environmental review to examine the impacts of the wall and other border enforcement activities.

Apr 13, 2017 | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Mine safety, black lung bills reintroduced in Congress

On the seventh anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, congressional Democrats reintroduced legislation aimed at better protecting the health and safety of coal miners and reforming the program that provides benefits to victims of black lung disease. The bills were introduced in the Senate by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., and in the House of Representatives by SEEC Member Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and and SEEC Vice-Chair Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa.

Apr 13, 2017 | The Portland Press Herald

Rollback of EPA’s lead-paint efforts chills state officials

Issues: Environment

The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate two Environmental Protection Agency programs that reduce children’s exposure to lead-based paint, a toxin that can cause permanent brain damage and is particularly prevalent in Maine because of its older housing. SEEC Vice-Chair Rep. Chellie Pingree was more blunt. “I honestly don’t know how something like these cuts even ends up on the table,” she said via email. “In this day and age, no child should have to grow up with exposure to lead. When did that become a matter of debate?” Cutting the funds, she said, would put more strain on the...

Apr 13, 2017

Meet the congressman who is pushing for a Charles Darwin Day

Issues: Environment

SEEC Member Rep. Jim Himes has taken on the role of promoting Darwinism in the House of Representatives. "I represent one of the most educated districts in the country. And so, I think my constituents expect this of me," said Himes, who took over proposing the perennial longshot legislation commemorating the birth date of Charles Darwin.

Apr 3, 2017

SEEC Member Rep. Schneider, SEEC Co-Chairs Matsui & Tonko Introduce CLIMATE Act to Block Trump Anti-Environment Executive Order

House Democrats led by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced legislation to prevent the implementation of President Trump’s recent executive order that rolls back environmental protections and severely weakens efforts to address global climate change.

Apr 3, 2017 | The Hill

Trump ignores science with executive order dismantling Clean Power Plan | By SEEC Vice-Chair Rep. Chellie Pingree

In my home state of Maine, we know climate change is not a theory or a hoax. It’s a harmful reality we see every day and that threatens the future of our state in many ways. We simply can’t afford to ignore it.