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Sep 30, 2015 | The Boston Globe

Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund | By SEEC Member Niki Tsongas

Issues: Environment, Water

Democrats and Republicans came together 50 years ago around a simple idea: As we use up one natural resource, use the resulting profits to protect another. It was a novel and forward-thinking concept that balanced the demands of energy and the environment. Thus was born the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which remains a benchmark of across-the-aisle cooperation, as well as a paragon of conservation.

Jul 29, 2015 | Huffington Post

Helping National Parks Is Personal for This Congressman

Issues: Environment

By SEEC Member Don Beyer (VA-08) | Have you found your park yet? Perhaps you've seen You Tube clips, billboards, or social media postings with the words "Find Your Park." This campaign - featuring stunning images of nature and history - is part of a year-plus celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The goal is to introduce - and reintroduce - our parks to a larger and younger audience.

Jun 18, 2015 | The Hill

Pope Francis and the movement to act on climate

By SEEC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33) | What do Pope Francis, the United States military and former Secretary of State George Shultz have in common? They all believe climate change is real, mostly caused by humans and responsible for the unprecedented destruction of our planet’s precious ecosystems.

Apr 9, 2015 | Huffington Post

California Leads the Way Forward, Again

By SEEC Vice-Chair Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)| While many members of Congress remain wary of the costs of reducing climate change pollution, they need look no further than the largest state economy in our nation for a perfect example of how to take action.

Mar 23, 2015 | Washington Post Op-ed

Offshore drilling is too risky

By SEEC Co-Chair Gerry Connolly Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Congress has failed to strengthen regulations on offshore drilling. Why would we risk such an incident, which would wreak havoc on Virginia’s coastal economy, for only a few months’ worth of our nation’s energy supply?

Sep 18, 2014 | The Hill

How much do disasters cost?

Issues: Climate Change

The cost is more than just the emergency relief packages Congress approves after major disasters. Yet shockingly the Federal government provides no single estimate for how much we spend on disaster-related assistance each year. That is why we are introducing the DISclosing Aid Spent To Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act.

Jun 2, 2014 | E&E News

EPA tees up 30% emissions cut as Obama promotes health benefits

Issues: Climate Change

Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), the chairman of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition’s climate task force, said he was encouraged to hear that EPA would not seek to pre-empt California’s climate laws. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), a co-chairman of the coalition, said the meeting with Podesta stayed on general topics. But he said part of the discussion focused on the positive economic impacts the rule could have.

May 22, 2014 | E&E News

Hill briefing on warming highlights military, health impacts

Science and national security experts visited Capitol Hill last night to brief an audience of congressional staffers on the toll climate change is already taking on public well-being, at home and around the world. It was sponsored by the Senate Climate Action Task Force and the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.

Mar 27, 2014 | E&E News

Top Obama advisers brief House Dems on emissions agenda

President Obama's top two climate advisers yesterday met with Democrats in the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition to discuss his carbon emissions agenda, focusing on a new White House data initiative. John Podesta and Dan Utech, Obama's climate advisers, met with 19 of the coalition's 56 members to share details about the White House-centered elements of the president's government-wide Climate Action Plan, according to a source briefed on the meeting. The sit-down "primarily" looked at the Climate Data Initiative, a project unveiled last week to...

Mar 5, 2014 | POLITICO Pro

Wanted: A new Waxman for Dems’ green caucus

Rep. Henry Waxman’s decision to retire at the end of the year has left greens wondering who will step in as House Democrats’ moral compass on environmental issues. But it might not be just one lawmaker who emerges as the chamber’s loudest voice on climate change and other hot-button topics. The House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition has built a caucus of 56 Democrats who are vowing to carry on Waxman’s legacy. “We’re not just leaving it to a handful of individuals,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the co-chair of the coalition, told POLITICO in a recent interview.