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Oct 27, 2017 | E and E News

'No sacred cows' for energy in reform talks

Issues: Energy, Environment

Democrats are expected to press to retain or expand breaks for clean energy sources wherever possible. The leaders of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition — a bloc of several dozen House Democrats — wrote Brady this week seeking a meeting to discuss the tax package.

Sep 20, 2017 | E and E News

Dems press Pruitt on protecting toxic sites during storms

House Democrats today pressed U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for information on how he will prepare the nation's most polluted and hazardous sites for the impacts of climate change. The letter, led by Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, specifically asked Pruitt to elaborate on EPA's plans for containing contamination from Superfund sites, chemical plants and oil refineries during extreme weather events. Quigley is a vice chairman of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalitions. His letter was signed by all three SEEC co-chairs — Reps. Paul Tonko of New York, Doris Matsui of...

Sep 7, 2017 | The Independent

Trump environment agency could reach lowest staff numbers in 30 years

Democratic House of Representatives members Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko, and Doris Matsui said in a statement: “the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is a dire reminder of how important it is to have a fully staffed and funded EPA that can respond quickly to protect communities after disasters, whether from accidental releases of dangerous pollutants at chemical plants or flooding of toxic Superfund sites.”

Sep 7, 2017 | Think Progress

EPA staffing nears lowest level in 30 years as environmental disasters pile up

Members of Congress are criticizing efforts by the Trump administration and House Republicans to drastically reduce the size of the EPA, especially in light of recent environmental disasters, including flooding from Hurricane Harvey. H.R. 3354, an omnibus House spending bill, would fund the EPA at $528 million less than the fiscal 2017 enacted level. “We strongly oppose the harmful cuts proposed to the EPA in this bill,” Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Doris Matsui (D-CA), co-chairs of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, said in a statement Thursday...

Aug 18, 2017 | E and E News

Over 100 Dems urge Pruitt to keep Obama reg

Issues: Environment, Water

More than 100 members of the House today called on U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to think twice before repealing the Clean Water Rule. Signed by 102 lawmakers, the letter was led by members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.

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.