Environment

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.

We must remain committed to protecting our environment for future generations by confronting and attempting to reverse the effects of climate change to support the health of our community, country, and planet.

As your Member of Congress, I am working to deliver thoughtful and innovative action on climate change to protect public health, and clean air and clean water; advance our economy and global preeminence in green technology; defend our national security; and to pass on a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

I have authored, introduced, and cosponsored multiple pieces of legislation that block oil drilling in our oceans and public lands, cut carbon emissions, and protect our pristine environment on the Central Coast.

This year, the House has held over 80 hearings on the climate crisis, examining how to combat climate change, build a more resilient infrastructure, and boost the clean energy sector and creation of jobs. These were the first climate change hearings in over ten years. I support the Congressional Select Committee on Climate Crisis, which 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.

America, and our home state of California, has been a leader in combatting climate change. I believe that we must rejoin our global partners in tackling the threat of climate change and commit to substantial reductions in carbon pollution, meaningful investments in clean energy, and policies that strengthen our communities and prioritize the health and safety of current and future generations.

I will continue to fight to advance legislation and policies to effectively address the climate crisis. Climate change is real, it is urgent, and it demands action. 

 

Read more about the bills that I have introduced and cosponsored, here.

 

Rep. Panetta participates in a locally-organized cleanup effort at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz, a part of the federally-protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

Rep. Panetta visits Elkhorn Slough, officially designated a “Wetland of International Importance” in 2018.

More on Environment

July 16, 2021 In The News

U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) teamed up with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) to reintroduce two pieces of legislation that could help recover the Western monarch butterfly migration.

 

July 16, 2021 In The News

There are plenty of reasons to buy an e-bike. They offer all the benefits of a normal human-powered bike, but with considerably less sweating and much more utility. Plus, for certain people, they can replace car trips, cutting down on congestion and curbing harmful emissions.

 

But one major hurdle to widespread e-bike adoption remains: cost. 

 

July 16, 2021 In The News

Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, is calling for the Fish and Wildlife Service to make “substantial investments in monarch conservation efforts” to protect the western monarch butterfly from extinction.

 

July 16, 2021 In The News

U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) has reintroduced a bill that would grant bus manufacturers a tax credit for battery electric or hydrogen fuel-cell buses.  

The Green Bus Tax Credit Act (H.R.583) would allow manufacturers to claim a 10 percent credit for zero-emission buses that:

July 16, 2021 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) reintroduced the California Central Coast Conversation Act. The bill establishes a moratorium on all new gas and oil leasing on federal public land on the Central Coast.

Rep. Panetta introduced the legislation for the first time in December 2019 in response to the Trump Administration's move to allow for new oil and gas leasing and development on over 720,000 acres of public land. The decision directly impacted land in Fresno, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

June 29, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) sent a letter with their House colleagues to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland urging her to use her emergency authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to save the western monarch butterfly.  Earlier this year, President Biden ordered the Department of Interior to review the previous administration’s decision to delay protections for monarch butterflies until 2024 or later.  Unfortunately, the U.S.

June 18, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) along with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02), and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), re-introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to spur investment in innovative new energy technology.  The Clean Energy Production Parity Act would ensure tax parity for linear generators, a highly efficient clean energy technology comparable to fuel cells.  Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

May 26, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the bicameral Wildfire Emergency Act to reduce catastrophic wildfires in the American West.  Congressman Panetta is joined by California Representatives John Garamendi, Salud Carbajal, Josh Harder, Jim Costa, Lou Correa and Mike Thompson in introducing the House version of the legislation.

In addition to Senator Feinstein, the Senate bill is cosponsored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

April 13, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) introduced the Making Imperiled Communities Resistant to Outages with Generation that is Resilient, Islandable, and Distributed (MICROGRID) Act.  The legislation incentivizes the expansion and deployment of microgrids, which provide backup power, independent from the larger energy grid, during emergencies.  As extreme weather events, such as wildfires, become increasingly common, microgrids can mitigate the impacts of grid outages and public safety power shutoffs on communities using cleaner energy sources.