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 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.
A 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 superstorms 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 is produced using renewables and ensured greater energy efficiency.
Susan is a vocal advocate for an energy policy that reflects the 21st Century and has been fighting the current administration’s actions to weaken our environmental protection laws.
She has been a strong supporter of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution and is fighting efforts to roll back these critical policies. Susan continues to pursue efforts to increase fuel efficiency standards in cars and trucks.
By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Susan believes the United States abdicated its leadership in fighting climate change. She has been outspoken against the decision to withdraw from the agreement signed by 195 countries.
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
When California experienced a historic drought, Susan 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.
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.
When it comes to solar technology, San Diego leads the nation with the most solar photovoltaic capacity installed. 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 of 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.