January 26, 2021

Congressman Joe Neguse Reappointed to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Rep. Neguse is the only member of the Committee from the Rocky Mountain West

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse was re-appointed as one of eight Democratic members to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to serve in the 117th Congress. Neguse is the only Representative from Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Congressman Neguse issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve another term on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and to continue to work for the people of Colorado in preserving our public lands, safeguarding our planet and tackling the existential threat of climate change. I was proud to bring the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to Colorado for a field hearing on clean energy in the 116th Congress and to have several of our locally led initiatives cited in the Committee’s national climate action strategy. Across Colorado, local communities and cities are taking ambitious action to tackle this crisis and it is crucial that we follow their example at the national and international level, and act boldly as this moment warrants.” 

“With President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House and a Democratic Majority in the Senate, we have entered a new era for climate action. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues on the Committee, and our partners across government to get to work tackling the climate crisis, preserving our lands, waters and forests and ensuring we leave a planet worthy of inheriting for future generations.” 

As a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in the 116th Congress, Congressman Neguse secured Colorado as the location of the Committee’s first and only official field hearing. A bipartisan delegation from the Committee traveled to Boulder, Colorado in August 2019 to tour federal labs, speak with local scientists and hear testimony from local and state officials leading on clean energy and environmental sustainability. Over one third of the 55 bills Congressman Neguse introduced in his first term address the climate crisis, preservation of public lands and environmental sustainability. In July 2020, the Committee released its national climate action plan, a comprehensive roadmap for the Congress to address climate change. Ten of Congressman Neguse’s proposals were included in the report, including the CORE Act, and his proposals to expand clean energy, safeguard climate science, invest in regenerative agriculture research and natural solutions, build resilient communities and bring Colorado’s commitment to sustainability to the nation’s capital. Learn more about the report and the Colorado Climate Way here. Congressman Neguse also traveled to Madrid, Spain with Speaker Pelosi for COP25 to assure the world of America’s commitment to climate action. 

As Representative to Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, Congressman Neguse represents renowned research facilities at the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University and multiple federal labs and facilities— an epicenter of climate change research in the country. Colorado’s 2nd District is also made up of over 50% public lands, making climate change perhaps the greatest threat to the district's constituents, wilderness and the Colorado economy.