Energy & Environment

Colorado’s lands, air and water are the heart of our state’s character, and sustain our livelihoods. Visitors from across the globe come to Colorado year-round to get a taste of what we’re surrounded by every day. In Colorado, we see first-hand that the health of our environment directly relates to the health of our citizens and the health of our economy. We owe it to future generations to protect everything around us that we love.

America is a beautiful, innovative country, but for too long, we have ignored the poisonous pollution leaking into our skies and rivers. It’s past time to act. Representative Neguse is committed to the fight for clean air, clean water, and preservation of our public lands and natural resources. He supports bold action to combat climate change by increasing investments in renewable energy, supporting the research of Federal research labs throughout Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and drastically reducing carbon emissions by eliminating subsidies for fossil-fuel companies. We must reject the false choice between a clean planet and economic prosperity. As a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), an action-based caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Neguse is working with his colleagues in the Congress and the Administration to advance policies that recognize these important priorities.

Climate Change

Climate change is an existential threat that we need to begin tackling head on. In Colorado, we already see the first-hand effects of a changing climate and its impact on our ecosystems including flooding, droughts, and more intense storms. Our state’s recreation-based industries have a lot to lose as well: threatening skiing, hiking and backpacking, rafting, fishing, and wildlife dependent activities. Backcountry enthusiasts flock to Colorado to enjoy our natural wonders; global climate change could damage this important sector of Colorado’s economy. Simply put, Colorado has a vested stake in the health of our world’s climate.  

As one of 15 members appointed to serve on the House Select Committee on Climate Change, Representative Neguse plans to fight for bold action on climate change. We must put science before special interests as we shape public policy. Together, we must change our attitudes and behavior to slow the dangerous pattern of global climate change.

Public Lands

Over 50% of Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District is designated public lands. Colorado’s landscape goes hand in hand with its people and its character, and we are lucky to have so many beautiful places set aside as public lands. Colorado’s economy relies on the health of those public lands and draws masses of visitors every year to explore everything from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, from hiking the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness to skiing on our world-class slopes in the White River National Forest.

It is imperative that we keep these lands pristine. Environmental protection and lands stewardship where necessary directly affects our public health, our local economies and the world our children will encounter.   

Representative Neguse is working with his colleagues to ensure that our public lands continue to be protected not only for our future generations but also for the sake of maintaining their natural state and the wildlife and vegetation that depend on it.  He is also supporting new wilderness areas that will protect these lands while never forgetting the people that live on their boundaries and enjoy recreating in them.

Already in the 116th Congress, Representative Neguse has seen passage of two of his first pieces of legislation, the Bolts Ditch Use and Access Act and the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment (WEDGE) Act, both of which directly impact the public lands in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District.

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Pike and San Isabel National Forest and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC)

Energy Development

It is now time to think about energy in a holistic, sustainable and long-term way. By encouraging long-term investments in renewable, clean energy, we can create millions of jobs, and we can make a rapid change for the better.

Our nation’s energy future won’t be found under Colorado’s mountains, in Canada’s oil sands, Alaska’s wildlife refuges or on the Outer Continental Shelf.  We have to secure a long term Production Tax Credit that will grow rapid investment in green jobs workforce training that will help drive down costs and we must form a responsible carbon pricing policy that will help spur innovation, invest in new technologies, and sustainable communities that save our planet.

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April 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA), this week, introduced the Veterans Conservation Corps Act, legislation to connect veterans with employment opportunities in public lands maintenance.

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, major legislation from Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Joe Neguse to conserve about 400,000 acres of public lands across the state of Colorado.

March 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse has secured a key hearing for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, his first major piece of legislation since taking office. The hearing is scheduled in the Natural Resources subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on Tuesday, April 2nd and will include witness testimony from Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of  the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

March 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse was among a small group of Democratic lawmakers selected to introduce the first major piece of climate legislation from House leadership. H.R. 9 will prohibit federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and calls on the President to make public a plan for how the United States will achieve a commitment of an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gases by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Today, President Trump signed into law two key provisions, originally introduced by Congressman Joe Neguse in the 116th Congress, that will directly impact communities in the 2nd district.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement in response to President Trump’s 2020 budget draft, released today:

February 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Yesterday evening, Senate bill 47, also known as the Natural Resources Management Act, passed in the House with bipartisan support. The bill includes two provisions introduced by Representative Neguse: the Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act and the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment (WEDGE) Act.

February 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02) joined Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce the Green New Deal resolution  which resolves to work toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and to ensure that jobs created in the transition provide living wages, equal opportunity and work to counteract systemic racial, regional, social and economic injustices

February 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Today, Colorado Representative Joe Neguse was appointed as one of eight Democratic members to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Neguse, 34, is the youngest member of the Committee and the only Representative from Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Neguse issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

February 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— This morning at 10:00 a.m., the Natural Resources Committee will hold its first hearing in 8 years to discuss the importance of taking action to combat climate change on American communities, resources, and economic well-being.