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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

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. 

May 21, 2019 In The News

A plan to open up drilling in California will result in 75 new oil wells over the next 20 years, many of them along the Central Coast, according to a new proposal unveiled by the Bureau of Land Management.

May 15, 2019 In The News

The federal Bureau of Land Management on May 10 announced a plan to open approximately 800,000 acres of public lands and underground federal mineral rights across California’s Central Coast to new oil and gas drilling, with specific targets in San Benito County—including areas surrounding Pinnacles National Park.

The BLM said the new plan, coming less than a month after it announced a plan to allow drilling on more than one million acres of federal land near Bakersfield, should result in 75 new oil wells in California over the next 20 years.

May 15, 2019 In The News

Just as California Attorney General Xavier Becerra prepared to launch his 50th lawsuit against the federal government over policies that go against state priorities, the Trump administration unveiled a proposal last week to open up more than 700,000 acres of land in Monterey County and other regions in central California for oil and gas drilling, including fracking.

May 13, 2019 In The News

SANTA CRUZ — More than 725,000 acres of Central Coast land could be opened up for oil and gas extraction under a new plan led by the Trump administration.

But due to local regulations — and economic realities — Santa Cruz County land appears unlikely to be affected even if the plan is approved.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Central Coast Field Office (CCFO) released a proposal for oil and gas exploitation on the central coast of California.  The administration wants to open more than 700,000 acres of public land to new oil and gas drilling. Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Fresno counties are included in the proposal.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment by Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) to H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act.