Having raised my children on the Central Coast, I understand the importance that environmental preservation and energy efficiency has for our community. The Central Coast is already experiencing the impacts of the climate crisis like prolonged wildfires and drought. We can save lives, property, and money when we work to proactively mitigate these increasingly destructive events.
I believe we cannot afford inaction on the most significant challenge of our time.
I helped pass the Inflation Reduction Act: the single largest investment in climate action in American history.
Experts estimate this law, which we got signed in August 2022, will put the United States on a path to meeting its climate commitments by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
With the impending Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure, I am working to secure all available federal resources to help offset the economic impact of this decommissioning. With this significant challenge also comes an opportunity to designate the Central Coast a renewable energy hub, by attracting new businesses that provide good-paying jobs in our community.
I have introduced the Energy Opportunity Zones Act to extend tax credits as well as introduce a new tax credit to encourage renewable energy business development in San Luis Obispo County. I have also cosponsored the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend (EICDA) Act, legislation to put a price on carbon and return 100% of the net revenue as a rebate to American families. The EICDA will help reduce our carbon pollution by up to 45% by 2030 and help California achieve our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2045.
After experiencing multiple devastating oil spills off our shores near Santa Barbara, the Central Coast has been a leader in the environmental movement. It is imperative that we continue to protect our coast and oceans from the possibility of another oil spill in the future. The first bill in Congress was the California Clean Coast Act to permanently prohibit future oil and gas leasing off the coast of the entire state of California, simultaneously protect our coastal ecosystems and spurring the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Through my work on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), I have supported long overdue legislation that officially acknowledges climate change is a direct threat to U.S. national security interests. It requires a report from the Department of Defense (DoD) on the vulnerabilities to military installations and combatant commander requirements resulting from climate change.
In Congress, I have joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which serves as a working group dedicated to advancing proposals that will mitigate and reduce climate change, while at the same time encouraging economic growth and job creation. I am also a member of the Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Taskforce, Congressional Oceans Caucus, Outdoor Recreation Caucus, and Congressional Shellfish Caucus, all of which share the common aim of conservation. We must protect our environment and public health for future generations.
For more information concerning work and views related to environment and energy, please contact our office.
Washington, DC Office
2331 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3601
Santa Barbara Office
125 E. De La Guerra Suite 203B
Santa Barbara, 93101
Phone: (805) 730-1710
San Luis Obispo Office
1411 Marsh St., Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 546-8348
Fax: (805) 439-3574