Environment and Energy

Susan understands how important it is to preserve our environment. She feels a great sense of responsibility to protect our nation’s natural resources for future generations. That’s why she continually cosponsors legislation and supports efforts to protect wildlife, preserve wilderness, safeguard our rivers and wetlands, save our oceans and beaches, and care for our National Susan listens about a new generation of electric cars at an energy efficiency festival in Kensington.Parks and Forests. Connecting all these issues is a need to confront the threat of climate change by reducing our carbon emissions and promoting renewable forms of energy.

Friend of the Environment

Susan has always fought to protect hard fought gains in environmental protection by opposing harmful anti-environmental legislation and draconian cuts to vital conservation programs. The annual scorecard of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which surveys the most import votes on environmental issues, has consistently given Susan exemplary scores for her votes on the environment. Read more here.

Addressing Climate Change

Hotter temperatures, rising sea levels, drought, wildfires, and super storms are undeniable proof that climate change is real. Scientific discovery has allowed us to understand new threats to the environment and human health in the form of toxic chemicals and the buildup of greenhouse gases causing climate change. 

Susan refuses to sit on the sidelines while the safety of current and future generations is under threat. She supported comprehensive legislation to dramatically reduce the emissions causing climate change. This effort would have required that more energy be produced using renewables and ensured greater energy efficiency.

Susan is a vocal advocate for an energy policy that reflects the 21st Century. She is also a strong supporter of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution, as well as his efforts to increase fuel efficiency standards in cars and trucks.

As San Diego continues to be a leader in solar energy, Susan supports an expansion of the investment tax credit to encourage the expansion of solar energy.

Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)

Susan is a proud member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), a focused, action-based caucus whose purpose is to advance policies that promote sustainability, clean energy technology innovation and domestic manufacturing, renewable energy resource development, and green job creation. Read more about SEEC here.

Providing Drought Relief

As California has experienced an historic drought, Susan has responded by helping local water facilities increase available drinking water. She has worked to bring nearly $9 million back to San Diego for the expansion of the Sweetwater Authority desalination facility.

Susan recognizes that there needs to be a long-term approach to addressing California’s water needs. She is an original cosponsor of a comprehensive water bill in the House to upgrade California’s water infrastructure. Using the Reclamation Fund, the Drought Relief and Resilience Act would fund wastewater-recycling projects, provide a $2,000 tax credit to homeowners for the purchase and installation of water-capturing systems, increase water use efficiency, and provide relief to farming communities.

Energy Policy for the Future

Renewable energy is a key component of our nation’s energy policy. Developing and promoting the use of renewable energy is critical to reducing global warming, cleaning our air, reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, and creating American Jobs.  

San Diego is already a leader on this front when it comes to solar technology. Nationwide, San Diego ranks behind only Los Angeles with the most solar photovoltaic capacity installed for 2015. A recent report determined that San Diego County is home to more than 8,000 solar jobs.  The clear economic and environmental benefits of the solar boom are the reasons Susan strongly supported the extension of the investment tax credit - an incentive to encourage renewable energy.

Protecting Endangered Species and Wildlife

It’s important to protect species that are increasingly endangered due to habitat destruction, overhunting, pollution, and climate change. Susan led the effort in the House to protect elephants and rhinos from the ivory trade and has pushed for greater protections of African lions. In fact, she was named a “Humane Advocate” for her work to protect animals. Read more about Susan’s work relating to animal welfare.

Saving Our Oceans and Beaches

As San Diegans, our oceans and beaches are our most precious natural treasures and keeping them clean and safe has always been a personal priority for Susan. That’s why she’s a member of the Congressional Oceans Caucus and has repeatedly cosponsored legislation to prohibit environmentally harmful oil drilling off the California coast.

Preserving Our Wild Spaces

As our country continues to grow, protecting the supply of pristine, unspoiled land in this country is more important than ever.   Our wilderness areas are home to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world, and Susan is committed to keeping it that way.  She has worked hard to prevent exploitive extraction of our lands by the timber, oil and mineral industries. She has also been vocal about the need to protect environmental legislative safeguards like the National Environmental Policy Act, which is regularly under attack in proposed legislation.

Susan opposed the Keystone Pipeline and fought efforts in Congress to force the Obama Administration to approve the pipeline and kill any environmental review of the project.

Safeguarding Our Rivers and Wetlands

Because rivers often serve as the primary water supply for many communities and wetlands act as natural water filters, Susan has always treated the protection of these waterways not only as a matter of habitat preservation, but as a matter of public health.

The lead crisis in Flint, Michigan highlighted the importance to protecting our water supply and the need for following environmental safeguards. Knowing that this could happen to any community, Susan went to Flint to listen to residents and supported legislation in the House to prevent future crises.

Caring for Our National Parks and Forests

America’s National Parks and National Forests are some of our nation’s greatest natural treasures. Susan has always been a strong advocate for maintaining and caring for these preservation areas, which include the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Tongass National Forest, and Yellowstone National Park. As funding for these natural and national treasures comes under fire, Susan will continue to fight to keep them open and preserved for everyone to experience for generations to come. She has been recognized for her work on behalf of our national parks.

More on Environment and Energy

May 19, 2017 Editorial

Nothing defines our values more as a nation than the budget and the investments we make for the future of American families.

These investments signal what’s important and what direction we want to take our nation.

Investments in education indicate the value we put on the future we want for our children. They say we want our kids to be better off than we are now.

Investments in the environment say we want clean air and clean water to protect the health of current and future generations.

Apr 21, 2017 Editorial

Earth Day, April 22, takes on added significance this year as we are seeing environmental protections established by President Barack Obama being rolled back.

Using an obscure and seldom-used law, the Congressional Review Act (CRA), congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have been overturning a number of environmental protections. These protections relate to clean air and clean water, protection of wildlife, and reducing pollution.

Apr 21, 2017 Press Release

SAN DIEGO – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a member of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition, released the following statement for Earth Day 2017.

“As millions of Americans celebrate Earth Day, this day takes on new significance as the Trump Administration continues to roll back environmental safeguards put in place by President Obama.

Jun 15, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced $3.7 million in federal funding for the Sweetwater Authority to expand a desalination facility. The grant from the Department of the Interior will go toward increasing the desalination capabilities of the Richard A. Reynolds Desalination Facility. In March, Davis led a San Diego Congressional Delegation letter in pushing for the funding.

Jun 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed a bill proposed by the House Majority that would end key health and environment protections under the Clean Air Act. The so-called Ozone Standard Implementation Act would handcuff the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce that amount of pollutants released into the air.

May 25, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed a partisan energy bill that promotes fossil fuels at the expense of renewable energy.  The bill would also gut the Endangered Species Act under the false notion that it will provide drought relief to California.

Apr 22, 2016 In The News

Nothing brought home the future effects that climate change will have on us more acutely than the massive methane gas leak that struck Porter Ranch in California.

The health impacts were startling. Resident’s reported instances of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, or nosebleeds. Children, who can be particularly vulnerable, were among those reporting illnesses.

It was a rare opportunity to look into the future of what climate change, if ignored, has in store for humanity.

Apr 22, 2016 Editorial

Nothing brought home the future effects that climate change will have on us more acutely than the massive methane gas leak that struck Porter Ranch in California.

The health impacts were startling. Resident’s reported instances of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, or nosebleeds. Children, who can be particularly vulnerable, were among those reporting illnesses.

It was a rare opportunity to look into the future of what climate change, if ignored, has in store for humanity.

Mar 4, 2016 Press Release

FLINT, MI – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) went to Flint, Michigan as part of 26-member congressional delegation to hear firsthand from the residents of Flint about the challenges they faced.

“What happened in Flint could happen anywhere,” said Davis. “People should never have to worry about the safety of their drinking supply and parents shouldn’t be afraid of giving their child a simple glass of water.  Congress must not only act to help Flint but also ensure this doesn’t happen in other communities.”

Feb 11, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to the crisis in Flint, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to require water system officials to alert their customers if the EPA notifies them of increasing level of lead.  The Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act (H.R. 4470) passed the House on a strong bipartisan vote of 416-2.