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 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.
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.
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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Washington D.C. —This week ahead of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’s first field hearing in Boulder, Colorado, Congressman Joe Neguse introduced a legislative package aimed at combating the climate crisis through sustainable farming practices and soil health. The two bills would provide federal support for sustainable agriculture and soil research through the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AGARDA) program and by directing the National Academies of Science to study the state of soil health on public lands.
Washington D.C. — On Colorado Day, Thursday, August 1st, Congressman Joe Neguse will welcome the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for the Committee’s first congressional field hearing. The hearing on “Colorado’s Roadmap for Clean Energy Action: Lessons from State and Local Leaders,” will be held at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Wittemyer Courtroom on August 1st beginning at 9:00 a.m. MT.
June 27th, 2019 - Denver Channel - Plan that would protect 400,000 acres of Colorado land one step closer to becoming law: A plan to protect about 400,000 acres of Colorado public land passed a committee vote in the U.S. House this week, a key step toward becoming law. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act – or the CORE act – was introduced by Colorado Democrats Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Joe Neguse in January.
Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Neguse’s legislation to extend authorization of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) will be considered at the Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water Oceans and Wildlife Legislative Hearing. The bipartisan bicameral Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extension Act would fund the program for the next 13 years with support from the Bureau of Reclamation. The hearing began at Thursday, July 25th at 10:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. MT.
Washington D.C. — Congressman Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and serves as a member of House Leadership, today announced that the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold their first field hearing in Boulder, Colorado on August 1st. Committee Chair Kathy Castor (D-Florida), Committee Members and Congressman Neguse plan to visit with officials in Boulder and hold an official congressional field hearing on the clean energy transition.
July 15, 2019 - Denver Westword - Joe Neguse, House Democrats to Hold Climate Crisis Hearing in Boulder: A special committee established by congressional Democrats to tackle climate change will convene in Boulder next month for its first field hearing. Members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will meet in Boulder on Thursday, August 1, for a hearing focused on the transition to renewable energy, the committee announced today, July 15.
Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, introduced legislation to ban oil, gas, and mineral drilling beneath Federally owned Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) sites. The On or Under Act would direct the federal government to acquire mineral rights beneath federal NPL Superfund sites, and prohibit their extraction or disturbance.
July 12, 2019 - Denver Post - Neguse bill would ban drilling under Rocky Flats and other Superfund sites: Following the furor late last year over a proposal to drill for oil and gas beneath the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse introduced legislation Friday to ban mineral extraction underneath the nation’s Superfund sites.
Washington D.C. — Today, Representative Joe Neguse joined Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) on a resolution to declare a climate emergency. The past five years have been the hottest on record, with extreme weather events, floods and tornadoes devastating communities across the country. The IPCC report has predicted that by 2030, the planet could warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels.
Washington, D.C.— Today, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, major public lands legislation introduced by Representative Joe Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet, passed the House Natural Resources Committee with a vote of 23-15. This is the first major Colorado public lands legislation to pass Committee in the U.S. Congress in over a decade.