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.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Arapaho National Forest and Roosevelt National Forest

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White River National Forest

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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June 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse congratulated Colorado State University on being awarded a $128.7 million cooperative grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue research at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). First established in 1980 as a partnership between CSU and NOAA, the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) is one of just 16 cooperative institutes established at premier centers for research across the country.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, along with Congressman Doug Lamborn, introduced bipartisan bicameral legislation to extend authorization of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP). Over the last 13 years, PRRIP has allowed dozens of water projects in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska to comply with the Endangered Species Act and continue operating, which has revitalized bird species, including the whooping crane, piping plover and least tern as well as the pallid sturgeon fish.

May 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse introduced his 12th piece of legislation since taking office, the Secure Rural Schools Extension Act, bipartisan legislation, co-led with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers to extend the Secure Rural Schools program through Fiscal Year 2020. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) was first introduced in 2000 to assist counties containing tracts of federally-owned land that are tax-exempt.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse joined the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act. The BREATHE Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency to amend its list of regulated air pollutants to include hydrogen sulfide as well as revise the list of air pollution sources within a year to include oil and gas wells as a major source of hydrogen sulfide. Specifically, the legislation would help tighten a current loophole that allows oil and gas wells from being regulated as a major source of toxic air pollution.

May 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Mike Levin (D-CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2019, which presents an aggressive plan for transitioning the United States to 100% zero-emission vehicles. The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act is also cosponsored by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) in the Senate.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse’s amendment regarding climate education in schools passed on the House floor along with H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The amendment, builds upon H.R. 9’s directive to the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, by providing a pathway for curriculums in elementary and secondary school to include human-caused climate change and the economic and societal impacts of the crisis.

April 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C.— Representatives Joe Neguse (CO-02), Mike Levin (CA-49), and Sean Casten (IL-06) are leading a letter from a majority of the freshman class calling on appropriators in Congress to prioritize funding for climate change research in FY2020. All three were recently appointed to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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.