Climate Change & Natural Resources
As a longtime clean energy advocate and environmental attorney, Rep. Levin knows that the climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. With California experiencing worsening droughts, heat waves, and rising sea levels, Rep. Levin believes we must take aggressive action now to limit the worst effects on our planet and preserve our natural resources for future generations.
Rep. Levin is proud to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He knows that we can grow our economy, create new jobs in America, and combat the climate crisis at the same time, and he has introduced a number of bills to achieve those goals, including:
The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to promote renewable energy on public lands in a way that supports conservation
The Climate Action Now Act to prohibit the Administration from using any federal funds to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement
The Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Act to facilitate nationwide adoption of electric and fuel cell cars
The Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act to fund the installation of electric and fuel cell charging infrastructure on public lands and facilitate the conversion of Park Service and Forest Service fleets to zero emission vehicles
Rep. Levin has also worked to hold the Trump Administration accountable as it continues to eliminate key environmental protections, reject established climate science, and serve as a revolving door for fossil fuel lobbyists. He confronted Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on his responsibility to fight climate change, pressed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explain its rationale for allowing the continued use of toxic chemicals that are harmful to children, and urged the EPA Administrator to read the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment.
With over 50 miles of beautiful California coastline in the 49th District, Rep. Levin is particularly concerned about protecting our beaches, oceans, marine life, and coastal businesses from future oil spills. One of the first bills he signed onto was the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which blocks new offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, as well as the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act to prevent drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Rep. Levin has also worked to protect our natural resources by supporting the Endangered Species Act, making permanent and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and reforming the Bureau of Land Management's oil and gas leasing program.
Finally, he has fought for funding to support the world-class climate scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and helped secure $57 million to support research programs at Scripps to better inform management of water in California.
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San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Solar Jobs Preservation Act with Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) to protect jobs in the solar industry by strengthening the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Since the ITC was created in 2006, it has helped create hundreds of thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in investment.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) will receive a $39 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid. UC San Diego will build a first-of-its-kind testbed called DERConnect that will allow universities, utilities, industry leaders, and other entities to better understand how to integrate renewable energy sources into the power grid.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 with Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The bill would position the United States to lead the world in vehicle innovation, combat the climate crisis, and reduce premature deaths caused by the pollution that gasoline engines produce.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which includes legislation Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced to create a spent nuclear fuel research and development program at the Department of Energy, improve wildfire smoke emissions modeling and develop better smoke forecasts, and promote the development of renewable energy on public lands.
Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a bicameral letter with 46 House members and nine Senators calling on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to use his statutory responsibility as Chair of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to address the serious risks climate change poses to financial institutions and markets.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) voted for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, which authorizes the development of locally-led projects in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers. The bill includes authorizations for key local projects and studies, including the San Luis Rey River Flood Protection Project in Oceanside and the Del Mar bluffs shoreline project. It also includes language directing the Army Corps to expedite the long-delayed Oceanside Special Shoreline Study.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) helped pass a bipartisan package of four government funding bills to invest in servicemembers and veterans, working families, and the environment. The bills include a number of priorities for North County San Diego and South Orange County, including billions for veterans’ health care, homeless assistance programs, nutrition assistance, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean-up efforts, and wildfire management.
Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) voted for the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, landmark legislation he cosponsored that provides permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually. The bill also creates a National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund that will provide funding to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and other agencies to address $22 billion in deferred maintenance on public lands.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, released a comprehensive congressional climate action plan with his colleagues on the Select Committee.