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The central coast of California is home to irreplaceable, pristine public lands and unspoiled coastline and waters. Travelers from around the world visit our district to explore Pinnacles National Park, Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, and part of the California Coastal National Monument, which spans along the California coastline.

As your Congressman, I am working to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to enjoy. In Washington, I am fighting to combat environmental problems and the effects of a changing climate such as sea level rise and ocean acidification. I am also working to maintain and improve the balance between a highly productive agricultural industry, a diverse and sensitive environment, and sustainable tourism.

I am working with my Congressional colleagues to defend clean air initiatives that limit greenhouse gas emissions and protect public health. This includes supporting legislation and resolutions that promote clean air, sustainability and technology, as well as protecting coastlines from off shore drilling.

I will continue to work to work toward a greener future by prioritizing ocean health, agricultural and ecological sustainability, and food security. The Congressional Select Committee on Climate Crisis has been tasked with holding numerous hearings in which all stakeholders can properly address the dangerous cost of reversing environmental policies and ignoring climate change. The Committee will also investigate the cost of implementing long-term solutions to fight against climate change. 

More on Environment

September 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) voted to pass bills that will block oil and gas drilling along the coasts of the United States.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced legislation to address climate change while paying a monthly dividend to American families, rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, investing in research and development, and providing transition assistance to workers and communities. 

July 24, 2019 In The News

Federal regulations and a lack of targeted funding are preventing farmers from using climate-friendly agriculture practices, a representative from consumer-goods giant Unilever told lawmakers July 24.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

WATSONVILLE, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue in Watsonville, California to talk about the importance of innovation, immigration, and trade to the agriculture industry and communities on the central coast of California. 

Congressman Panetta and Secretary Perdue were joined by Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), who serves on the House Agriculture Committee with Congressman Panetta, to tour a local farm and learn more about their investments in innovation and research. 

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to pause the Trump Administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

"I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to halt the inclusion of an unnecessary citizenship question in the 2020 Census.  The Administration’s rationale for adding the question is inadequate and based on politics over sound policy.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) supported passage of H.R. 3055, the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Related Agencies, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020. 

Congressman Panetta secured over $29 million in critical federal funding that could benefit the central coast of California, including:

June 7, 2019 In The News

Legislation aims to breathe new life into decades-old federal program

June 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) called on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to halt any plans to move forward with the proposal to open hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands and mineral estate along the central coast of California to new oil and gas drilling.

June 6, 2019 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the bipartisan National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Reauthorization Act.  The legislation will strengthen the program through enhanced resourcing and improved oversight.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and 33 members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation expressed opposition to recent moves by the Trump Administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to open millions of acres of federal lands in California to new oil and gas development.