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:

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. 

More on Climate Change & Natural Resources

July 29, 2020 Press Release

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.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

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.

July 22, 2020 Press Release

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.

June 30, 2020 Press Release

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.

June 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Mike Levin (CA-49), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Matt Cartwright (PA-08) led a group of 177 lawmakers to request economic relief for the clean energy industry, which has been severely hit by the COVID-19 crisis.  

May 18, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) led a letter signed by 42 of his House colleagues calling on the Federal Reserve to join the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an active member. Eight central banks established the NGFS in December 2017 to meet the goals set forward in the Paris agreement and to protect the financial system against risks associated with the climate crisis.

March 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed U.S. Representative Mike Levin’s (D-CA) bill to raise the funding authorization for the Bureau of Reclamation’s desalination grant program. The Desalination Development Act authorizes $260 million over the next five years for desalination projects and creates new environmental safeguards for the funded projects.

January 31, 2020 Press Release

Chula Vista, CA – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Levin (CA-49), Susan Davis (CA-53), Juan Vargas (CA-51), Scott Peters (CA-52), and local officials held a press conference highlighting new federal funding they secured in the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) for the Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP), which will address pollution in the Tijuana River Valley (TRV). The Congressional delegation was joined by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, and others.