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

February 25, 2020 In The News

Over the past few years, a number of cities in Monterey County have enacted laws restricting the use and sale of single-use plastic items. Carmel banned plastic straws and utensils for restaurants and food vendors in 2017, 

February 20, 2020 Press Release

PACIFIC GROVE, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he introduced H.R. 5920, the bipartisan Monarch Action, Recovery, and Conservation of Habitat (MONARCH) Act.  Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24), Rodney Davis (R-IL-12), and Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) co-led introduction of the House bill.  Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

February 15, 2020 In The News

MONTEREY – Requiring big corporations to take responsibility for their pollution, the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act was introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, this week with Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, signed on as one of its co-sponsors.

February 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he cosponsored the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, legislation that would phase out unnecessary single-use plastic products, hold corporations accountable for wasteful products, reduce wasteful packaging, and reform our broken waste and recycling collection system.

February 13, 2020 In The News

MONTEREY – Requiring big corporations to take responsibility for their pollution, the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act was introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-California, this week with Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, signed on as one of its co-sponsors.

February 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted for the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, H.R. 2546, to provide permanent protections for large connected landscapes in California, Colorado, and Washington by designating approximately 1.37 million acres of federal land as new, expanded, or potential wilderness and safeguarding more than 1,200 miles of river as components of the National Wild and Scenic River System.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

 

January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize the over 200 American firefighters who have provided their services to combat the bushfires currently ravaging the Australian continent. The resolution also honors the longstanding partnership between the United States and Australia to share critical firefighting resources during times of crisis.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced he co-introduced H.R. 5438, the End Valley Fever Now Act to address the potentially deadly disease caused by breathing toxic spores found in soil. Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21) is the lead sponsor of the bill.

December 13, 2019 In The News

The Pajaro River is known for its catastrophic flooding that’s damaged hundreds of homes and businesses over the years. Friday, Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced the Pajaro River Flood Risk Reduction Project will receive the funds needed to move the project forward.

“This project, what they’ve heard, was stalled in the past,” began Panetta. “No, we’re going forward and we’re going to continue to go forward.”