Climate Change

Human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels, are warming our planet and changing our climate at a rate that cannot be attributed to natural variations. We are already feeling the effects of climate change in the form of warmer temperatures, extreme weather variations, rising seas, and ocean acidification. Comprehensive climate solutions are available to us today. Clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, and lower carbon transportation systems are possibilities right now, with existing technology. Growing an innovation economy will help to accelerate the deployment of these solutions while continuing to lower costs. Climate change is problem we cannot and should not neglect. Nearly every country on the planet, including the U.S., China, and India, have signed the Paris Climate Agreement to act on climate. If we continue to ignore the threats posed by climate change, we risk serious damage to our national and economic security, international collaboration, and the health and safety of our children, grandchildren, and all future generations.

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April 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the Co-Chairs of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Reps. Gerry Connolly, Doris Matsui and Paul Tonko, made the following statement in response to the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement that it will set a new U.S. target under the Paris Agreement to reduce our net greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% from 2005 levels in 2030.

April 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today the leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Paul Tonko, Doris Matsui, and Gerry Connolly, and Vice-Chairs Reps. Chellie Pingree, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, A. Donald McEachin and Matt Cartwright, submitted testimony to the Ways and Means Committee for its Member Day hearing.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the Leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko, and Doris Matsui and SEEC Vice-Chairs Reps. Chellie Pingree, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, A. Donald McEachin and Matt Cartwright, made the following statement on the Biden administration’s newly announced American Jobs Plan.

January 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) sent a letter to House Leadership and a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris to reinforce the urgent need to address the climate crisis. The letters call for a climate-smart recovery that includes both investments and standards to create jobs, increase equity, and protect our planet from climate change for generations to come.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko, and Doris Matsui released the following statement in response to President Biden’s order to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.

December 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Gerry Connolly and Paul Tonko made the following statement in response to the passage of SEEC priorities in the end-of-year-funding package.
December 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Paul Tonko and Doris Matsui made the following statement in response to the announcement that the Biden-Harris Adminstration will nominate SEEC Member Rep. Deb Haaland for the role of Interior Secretary.
July 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today leaders in the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), led by Vice-Chair Rep. Matt Cartwright, introduced a bill to authorize robust increases in funding to advance clean energy innovation in the next four years. The legislation demonstrates a path to quickly scale up clean energy investments in the coming years, both to address the climate crisis and promote job creation and a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

July 1, 2020 Press Release
Washington D.C. – Today the leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) made the following statement in response to the passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act in the U.S. House of Representatives:
June 23, 2020 In The News
House Democratic leaders included extensions of tax breaks long sought by the renewable energy sector as part of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package. The decision to include them is a victory for environmentalists and environmentally minded Democrats in Congress, who had pressed for more aid to the clean energy sector, which has lost 620,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic. In a letter last week, eight leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition told Pelosi and other Democratic leaders the emergency payroll loans for small businesses were not enough to save the jobs of many solar panel installers and wind turbine technicians. “[I]t’s hard to keep workers on payroll even with federal support when the projects employees would return to are collapsing,” they wrote.