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Jul 19, 2013

W.H. urges Dems to rally public on climate plan

Issues: Climate Change

President Barack Obama doesn’t need Congress to enact his climate change plan, but the White House is counting on House and Senate Democrats to help him sell it. Lawmakers say they emerged from meetings this month with White House energy adviser Heather Zichal better prepared to explain the plan to their constituents — and to convince them of the need to address climate change. “The public education [and] public information piece is critical,” said Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), the co-chairman of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. “Not only does the public have the right to...

Jul 19, 2013

White House climate advisor tells House Dems what's coming

Issues: Climate Change

President Obama’s chief climate and energy adviser made the rounds Friday to brief House Democrats on the administration's climate agenda. Heather Zichal had sit-downs with Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources committees, and nine members of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) on Capitol Hill.

Jul 15, 2013 | Green Energy News

Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC): Republican Bill Pulls the Plug on America’s Clean Energy Future.

The House passed its Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill late Thursday night on a mostly party line vote of 227 to 198 despite strong objections from members of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) and under the threat of veto from the White House.

Jul 2, 2013 | Huffington Post

SEEC Op-Ed: A Reasonable Approach to a Clear and Present Danger

As co-chairs of SEEC, we are pleased the President’s plan builds on many of the successful initiatives our coalition has long advocated for: expanding the development of clean and renewable energy on public lands; promoting technologies, such as combined heat and power (CHP), that save energy and withstand extreme weather events; and having the federal government lead by example by retrofitting federal buildings to operate using less energy and drawing more of the energy they use from renewable sources.

Jun 5, 2013 | E&E

Democrats change climate message to focus on disaster costs

That assertion underscores a new theme undertaken yesterday by the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), a group of 50 Democratic House members. It focuses on the financial costs of natural calamities like Superstorm Sandy, damaging thunderstorms and wildfires. In floor speeches, lawmakers compared the amount of disaster spending last year, which they say amounted to $96 billion, to budget outlays for things like education, transportation and housing. Disasters won, they say.

Jun 4, 2013 | The Hill

SEEC Op-Ed: Don’t Let Another Hurricane Season Blow by without Climate Action

Issues: Climate Change

As hurricane season begins and vulnerable coastal communities brace for high winds and storm surges, Congress needs to ask itself: What can we be doing to better protect and manage existing and new development along our coastlines? How can we minimize the destruction of life and property suffered by so many in hurricanes like Katrina, Rita, Irene, and Sandy?

May 24, 2013 | Summity County Citizens Voice

Oil money looms large in Keystone XL Pipeline vote

Members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) tried to ensure that H.R. 3 maintains the accountability the American people expect from legislation that authorizes a potentially hazardous oil pipeline.

May 8, 2013 | E&E

DeFazio sees inside track for Markey’s panel slot

Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, who has served as top Democrat on the committee’s public lands panel for the past three sessions of Congress, said he will continue to vie for the seat, promising to bring a progressive voice to the committee, which oversees the management of one-fifth of the U.S. landmass. Grijalva is also a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, while DeFazio is not.

May 6, 2013 | Bloomberg

Keystone Foes Seek Climate Measures in Case They Lose

President Barack Obama is being pressed by opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline to tie any approval to measures that would curb climate change, reflecting mounting pressure on the administration to mitigate the project’s impact if it goes forward. “I think it’s going to happen,” said Representative Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat and member of the House’s Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. “The odds look pretty strong right now.”

Apr 11, 2013 | The Hill

House dems press White House aide on Keystone

A group of House Democrats pressed the White House to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline during a closed-door meeting with President Obama’s top climate advisor.