Press Releases / News

Jun 27, 2017

SEEC Opposes Administrator Pruitt’s Efforts to Repeal Clean Water Protections

Issues: Environment, Water

Washington D.C. – Today SEEC Leadership, including Co-Chairs Reps. Paul Tonko, Gerry Connolly, and Doris Matsui and Vice-Chairs Reps. Matt Cartwright, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, Chellie Pingree and Jared Polis released the following statement in response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers will issue a proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule.

Jun 20, 2017

SEEC Added Four New Members in May

The House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) was pleased to welcome Reps Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) to its membership in May. The Caucus was also pleased to welcome back Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), who previously served in SEEC during the 113th Congress. This brings the total number of coalition members to fifty-three.

Jun 1, 2017

SEEC Co-Chairs Condemn Decision to Withdraw from Paris Deal and Call for Continued Commitment to U.S. Climate Pledge from Leaders and Communities Across the Country

Washington D.C. – Today SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko, and Doris Matsui released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

May 30, 2017

SEEC Sends Tax Principles to House Ways & Means Committee

Washington D.C. – Today members of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee. The letter, led by SEEC Vice-Chair Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), details green tax reform priorities including financial incentives to reduce harmful carbon pollution, which should be the foundation of any tax reform plan. Early estimates suggest that a $25-per-ton surcharge on carbon would generate $977 billion over 10 years and provide a needed incentive to reduce carbon pollution over time. The letter was signed by Representatives Polis, Tonko, Matsui, Connolly, Pingree, Cartwright, Lowenthal, Quigley, Pocan, Lee, Tsongas, Lieu, Nolan, Hanabusa, Huffman, and Keating.

May 26, 2017

SEEC Co-Chairs Oppose Trump Budget Cuts

Washington D.C. – Following the release of President Trump’s FY18 Budget, the Co-Chairs of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) made the following statements:

May 26, 2017

SEEC Co-Chairs Call on President Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

Issues: Climate Change

Washington D.C. – SEEC Co- Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Paul Tonko (D-NY) sent a letter today to President Donald Trump urging him to remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement.

May 24, 2017

SEEC Members call on Secretary Perry to release ARPA-E funds

Washington D.C. – SEEC Member Rep. Don Beyer was joined by SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Paul Tonko, Gerry Connolly, and Doris Matsui and 55 other Members of Congress in pressing Energy Secretary Rick Perry to immediately release funds to previously-approved projects at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). They also asked the Secretary to clarify the Department of Energy’s procedures for approving and funding grants, after Members of Congress from both parties expressed frustration with departmental processes which have recently become opaque and confusing.

Apr 28, 2017

SEEC Members Call for Climate Justice, Jobs, Action

Ahead of the Peoples Climate March marking President Trump's 100th Day in office SEEC members joined with environmental justice advocates to call on the Administration to end their anti-environmental assault and take action to support climate justice and jobs.

Apr 14, 2017

Media Advisory: Congressional Leaders Call for Climate Justice, Jobs and Action

On Thursday, April 27th at 9am Members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) and other environmental leaders will gather at the House Triangle (East Front of the U.S. Capitol near the House steps) to call for climate justice, jobs and a clean energy economy.

Mar 28, 2017

SEEC Statement on Trump’s Dirty Energy Executive Order

Today’s Executive Order makes it abundantly clear–the policy of the Trump Administration will be to reject the overwhelming scientific evidence and economic benefits supporting climate action, with President Trump leading the charge as the ‘Polluter-in-Chief.’