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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.

Apr 3, 2017 | The Hill

Climate change fact must trump politics | By SEEC Member Rep. Niki Tsongas

This executive order was not done in isolation. Rather it is part of a disturbing trend of undermining conservation and green industry efforts, while negating the importance of scientific fact.

Apr 3, 2017 | The Hill

President shows disregard to environment with executive actions on climate change | By SEEC Vice-Chair Rep. Alan Lowenthal

The President of the United States thinks he has tricked America into believing he is concerned about energy independence. Instead, what this executive action has shown, is his utter disregard for our environment and the environment that will be left to future generations.

Mar 29, 2017

SEEC Member Rep. McGovern: Republican EPA Bill is a Giveaway to Corporate Polluters

U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) led debate for House Democrats on the House floor against the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, a bill from House Republicans that limits the participation of scientific experts at the EPA, and would lead to a disproportionate representation of big business and corporate special interests.

Mar 15, 2017 | CNBC

Democrats to send climate change educational materials to EPA chief Scott Pruitt

Issues: Climate Change

In response to Pruitt's comment, SEEC Member Rep. Blumenauer and 32 of his colleagues plan to send Pruitt a letter accompanied by "educational materials outlining the basic established science behind climate change."

Sep 27, 2016 | The Hill

Implement the Clean Power Plan | By SEEC Member Rep. Jared Huffman & Sen. Ed Markey (The Hill)

The Clean Power Plan implementation is critical to protecting public health and welfare.

Mar 3, 2016 | SEEC Member Rep. John Delaney (MD-06)

SEEC Endorsed 50x30 Clean and Carbon-free Energy Resolution Introduced

More than 130 Members of Congress join call for more than 50 percent of U.S. electricity to come from clean and carbon-free sources by 2030.