Energy and Environment
As a father, I have no greater responsibility than making sure I leave our world better off for the next generation. I love our state’s natural beauty and some of my favorite things to do are camping, hiking, and fishing. But not only is protecting our environment important for our well-being and recreation, creating a clean energy economy will protect our planet for future generations and create new jobs to make America globally competitive.
• Clean Energy and Jobs
• Protecting our Natural Habitats and Threatened Species
Clean Energy and Jobs
CleanWorld, located in our district, is a leader in clean renewable energy. Their 3 BioDigesters convert organic waste to renewable natural gas, electricity, and soil for California farms. They’re the only fuel producer in California that has a net negative carbon footprint – protecting our planet from climate change. Great example of the type of clean energy jobs we need in our economy.
We need to end our dependence on foreign oil and move towards a clean energy future to protect the health of our families and our planet, and to create jobs for tomorrow’s economy. The path to clean energy will require a skilled workforce of engineers, scientists, electricians, mechanics and more, all working together to power a cleaner, more efficient society.
The Sacramento region can capitalize on the growing green technology industry and is consistently rated as a national leader in the green job sector. As a member of the New Democrat Coalition, I support incentivizing clean energy initiatives and encouraging private investment in clean energy programs to help give our economy a boost.
• Clean Energy Innovation: Energy innovation is essential to get our economy moving again. That’s why I strongly support investing in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to focus on three areas that are critical to securing our energy future: renewable electricity generation; sustainable transportation; and energy-saving homes, buildings and manufacturing.
• Improving Energy Efficiency: Becoming more energy efficient is key to our future. That’s why I am cosponsoring the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act. This bill would increase energy efficiency in the federal government’s three billion square feet of building space by only paying private contractors if their work actually saves energy and also save taxpayer dollars.
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Protecting our Natural Habitats and Threatened Species
Proud to visit the Sacramento Tree Foundation and support their mission to make Sacramento County a greener, more environmentally friendly place.
We must be wiser stewards of our planet to protect it for future generations. That’s why forward-looking conservation policies are so important - to protect our environment while creating new jobs in a sustainable economy. Conservation not only protects our nation’s wild lands but also preserves places of historical importance such as our own Elk Grove Historic District.
• Protecting Natural Habitats and Species: Threatened plant and animal species are disappearing at alarming rates. That’s why I strongly support investing in two of our nation’s leading environmental conservation programs – the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund. Both are crucial for preserving protecting habitats in our national forests and wildlife refuges.
• Protecting Northern California’s Environment: I am also proud to co-sponsor the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act, which would turn one of Northern California’s natural wonders into a new National Conservation Area. This bill will help manage these lands, protecting them for those who visit the region today and in the future.
• Levee Vegetation: The Sacramento and American River levees provide natural habitats for vegetation and wildlife and a variety of recreation opportunities for the people of Sacramento County. Some of my favorite moments have been spent biking the American River trail.
This is why I am cosponsoring the Levee Vegetation Review Act to require the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the ecological significance of vegetation growth on our levees and allow for introducing new trees. The vegetation on our levees is a local treasure, and I will continue to advocate for the protection of the local wildlife.
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Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. offered an amendment today to prioritize the hiring of unemployed workers and veterans and the use of American-made equipment and materials in mining operations. The proposal would amend H.R. 2824, the so-called Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America bill, which would actually create more waste – not less.