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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.

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. 


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

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after the House Committee on Ways and Means introduced draft legislation, the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act to invest in green energy and efficiency and combat climate change.

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced legislation to create a tax credit to encourage municipalities to purchase and use zero-emission buses. The Green Bus Tax Credit Act creates a 10% manufacturer’s tax credit for electric and hydrogen fuel-cell buses.

November 15, 2019 In The News
Panetta seeks new designation for coastal universities on the frontlines of climate change
November 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) introduced bipartisan legislation to establish National Centers of Excellence at coastal institutions of higher education.

October 4, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s decision for oil and gas leasing and development in the BLM Central Coast Field Office planning area, primarily in Fresno, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

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.