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Mar 1, 2016 | Albany Times Union

Tonko bill would aid aging drinking water systems

Issues: Environment, Water

SEEC Co-Chair Rep. Paul Tonko has beaten the drum for improved drinking water infrastructure for a year or more, leading tours to emphasize how much of the Capital Region's aging pipeline system dates back to the 1800s. An engineer by training and temperament, he saw disasters waiting to happen. And now they have, in Flint, Mich., as well as in Troy and Hoosick Falls.

Feb 3, 2016 | Medium

How Climate Change Became a National Security Problem | By SEEC Member Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05)

Issues: Climate Change

As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am briefed every week on our most pressing and urgent threats. And it is clear that climate change is one of them.

Oct 6, 2015 | Medium

Saving the Land and Water Conservation Fund: Our Economy Depends on It | By SEEC Member Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-08)

Issues: Environment, Water

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is our nation’s premier program to help local communities protect the places they love. It has conserved iconic landscapes in every state and is responsible for more than 40,000 state and local outdoor recreation projects such as playgrounds, parks, refuges and baseball fields.

Oct 1, 2015 | takepart

Despite the Pope's Pleas, Congress Resists Action on Climate Change | By SEEC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) & Greg Dotson

The urgency to act on climate has been recognized by a diverse group of global leaders, from Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Schultz, to President Barack Obama to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff to Pope Francis. But despite this growing global consensus on the need to arrest climate change, the Republican leaders who control Congress remain unwilling to act.

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.