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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. 


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

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 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) voted for the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act, H.R. 729, a package of ten bipartisan bills that aid coastal ecosystems and economies, improve ocean monitoring and research, and offer coastal managers tools to protect coastal communities most vulnerable to climate impacts.

December 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the California Central Coast Conservation Act, establishing a moratorium on all new oil and gas leasing on federal public land on the central coast of California.

The legislation is in direct response to the Administration’s recent decision to allow for new oil and gas leasing and development on over 720,000 acres of public land in Central California, primarily in Fresno, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

December 4, 2019 In The News

Information provided by the Office of Congressman Jimmy Panetta.

On Dec. 4, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the California Central Coast Conservation Act, which works to establish a moratorium on all new oil and gas leasing on federal public land in the region.

December 4, 2019 In The News

SANTA CRUZ — Rep. Jimmy Panetta is hoping to pump the brakes on a federal plan opening up more than 720,000 acres of Central Coast land to new oil and gas drilling.

Legislation introduced Wednesday by Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, would block the Bureau of Land Management from leasing new oil and gas wells on California’s Central Coast until the agency completes an additional review that accounts for a wider range of environmental impacts.

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.