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 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID), Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-WA), and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) introduced the Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act or the REPLANT Act, legislation to expand funding for the U.S.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) supported passage of H.R. 7608.  The package includes four Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  Congressman Panetta successfully incorporated numerous amendments to the bills, including provisions to protect the environment and natural resources on the Central Coast, strengthen agricultural research and food security, support U.S.

July 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted for the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark conservation bill that will help ensure public lands are protected and preserved.  The bipartisan legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.  

July 7, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and 30 Members of the California House Delegation expressed their concern about reports that the Trump Administration continues to develop plans to expand oil and gas leasing along the U.S. Pacific Coast.  In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the Members also expressed their strong opposition to any new oil and gas leasing off the coast of California and demand to be informed of any such plans being developed by the administration. 

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement on the Entry Into Force of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Entry Into Force makes the agreement’s new standards and enforcement mechanisms effective starting today:

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive congressional climate action framework, which includes Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s (CA-20) legislation, the Green Bus Tax Credit Act, H.R. 5163 and the Clean Energy Production Parity Act, H.R. 2040.  By tackling climate change through the tax code and incentivizing the adoption of clean energy technologies, these bills will help meet the report’s ambitious but attainable climate goals.

June 26, 2020 Press Release
Yesterday, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and 47 Members of Congress announced the introduction the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act. This legislation, the principles of which were first unveiled last November, works to tackle the threat of climate change through the tax code. This includes an unprecedented extension and expansion of renewable energy use to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
June 26, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA-8) led 48 bipartisan members of Congress, an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, in requesting House leadership preserve clean energy jobs by delaying and pushing out the phase down of clean energy investment tax credits.
June 15, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 18 members of Congress in the California Delegation in calling on House leadership to ensure that any future legislative package focused on infrastructure, economic stimulus, and job creation include robust funds to address deferred maintenance and wildland fire preparedness needs in the U.S. National Forest System.

June 11, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and fellow Members of the Bay Area Delegation – Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07), Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02), Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), and Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) – in introducing the bipartisan Utility Resilience and Reliability Act.