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Oct 30, 2013 | National Journal

On Sandy Anniversary, Pols Push for Climate Action

Issues: Climate Change

President Obama didn't mention climate change in his statement on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, but plenty of lawmakers marked the day with a call for action. "The aftermath of this event has brought us to very clear conclusions," said SEEC Co Chair Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. "Climate change should no longer be considered a simple threat, but a very real, clear, and present danger." Features SEEC Vice Chair Rep. Rush Holt (NJ) and Members Henry Waxman (CA), Lois Capps (CA), Matt Cartwright (PA), Susan Davis (CA), and Ed Perlmutter (CO).

Sep 18, 2013

Raul Ruiz to discuss wildfires with House coalition

On the heels of a busy wildfire season, Rep. Raul Ruiz is meeting with Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday to discuss how federal agencies are collaborating on fire prevention efforts. The meeting will be held in conjunction with other members of the House’s Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), which promotes clean energy technologies and works on policies that address global warming and protect the environment.

Jul 30, 2013

A revenue-neutral carbon tax could break logjam in Congress

Issues: Climate Change

This month our congresswoman, Doris Matsui, joined 44 SEEC members to commend President Barack Obama for his recently announced Climate Action Plan. I am proud to be a constituent of Matsui's and am grateful for her leadership in addressing climate change.

Jul 24, 2013

Markey's heirs: With mentor now in Senate, a new generation prepares to step up on environment and energy

Markey's departure has cast a spotlight on the growing number of ambitious junior House Democrats, who have brought extensive background in dealing with climate policy before they entered Congress and a desire to spur significant action. Although Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) remains very much a presence as ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he now has a large corps of partners and prospective successors in an epic generational change. Includes SEEC co-chair Paul Tonko (NY), vice-chair Jared Polis (CO), and Members Donna Edwards (MD) and Jared Huffman (CA).

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?