Support Renewable Energy and Green Jobs

Despite winter storm Jonas “crippling” the District two weekends ago, the planet continues to heat up. Recently, NOAA and NASA jointly announced that 2015 was hottest since reliable record keeping began by an unprecedented amount of 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. We should acknowledge that our planet is warming and will continue to warm at an accelerated rate if we do not act upon mitigating it.

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Join Letter to DOT in Support of Emissions Measure for State and Local Transportation Planning

In 2015, Americans drove a record 3 trillion miles. Cars and trucks make up more than 80% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of the transportation sector, which itself is responsible for nearly a third of all U.S. GHG emissions. Unless we expand our efforts to reduce GHGs from our transportation sector, this troubling correlation will only worsen—America is expected to grow by 70 million people and move nearly 50% more freight by 2045.

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Briefing on Wind & Wildlife: Balancing renewable energy and wildlife conservation

Wind energy is quickly becoming an important part of the nation’s energy portfolio and it is estimated that America will get 20% of its electricity from wind by 2030. As with any growing industry, there are challenges to balance development with wildlife conservation. Join us to learn about interaction between wind energy and wildlife as well as the investments the wind industry, in collaboration with the conservation and regulatory communities, have made in finding practical solutions.

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Cosponsor the Lake Berryessa Recreation Enhancement Act of 2016

Please join me in cosponsoring the Lake Berryessa Recreation Enhancement Act of 2016 (HR. 4166 in the 113th Congress). This legislation enjoyed broad support in the previous Congress with 226 bipartisan cosponsors. I ask that you support this commonsense measure to improve land management within my district.

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TOMORROW: Reception for the Northeast-Midwest Region

By now you should have received the invitation below. This reception for the Northeast Midwest will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your staff to celebrate the region and learn more about the Northeast Midwest Institute and the Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition.

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Don’t Let Crude Exports Devastate the Environment!

Last year, at the demand of Congressional Republicans, the Consolidated Appropriations Act repealed a decades-long restriction on the export of crude oil. While oil prices continue to drop internationally, the long-term impacts of allowing unlimited export of American crude oil are still unknown. Advocates of repealing the ban believe the domestic production could increase by 500,000 barrels per day by 2020 and 1.2 million barrels per day by 2030. Such a ramp up in production could have significant impacts on our environment, including harm to sensitive public lands from new fossil fuel leases, undermining process on fuel economy standards, and increased public safety risks from expanded transport of crude oil by rail.

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Land Conservation Caucus Reestablished (v. 3)

Our nation’s public lands play a vital role in defining our heritage, civic identity, and local economies. The conservation and safekeeping of these public lands are a top priority of ours, and if you agree, we urge you to join the Congressional Land Conservation Caucus. The purpose of the caucus is to serve as an informal group dedicated to issues related to land conservation, the preservation of open space, and the education as to its importance.

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Reception for the Northeast-Midwest Region

By now you should have received the invitation below. This reception for the Northeast Midwest will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your staff to celebrate the region and learn more about the Northeast Midwest Institute and the Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition.

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