Climate Action

As a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Neguse has become a strong leader on climate action in Congress. In his first term, Congressman Neguse secured Colorado as the location of the Climate Crisis 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 Climate 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. Congressman Neguse also traveled to Madrid, Spain with Speaker Pelosi for COP25 to assure the world of America’s commitment to climate action.

Congressman Neguse has enacted the following laws to invest in environmental protection and tackle climate change: 

Congressman Neguse has introduced the following bills to help address the existential threat of climate change and help address the impacts: 

  • 21st Century Conservation Corps Act: A bold proposal to reimagine the conservation corps of the 1930s by investing $9 billion in the creation of a 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps and making major investments in wildfire preparedness, access to the outdoors and support for outdoor retailers and guides. 

  • Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act: This legislation works to preserve 400,000 acres of Colorado’s public lands, invest in the state’s outdoor recreation economy and honor Colorado’s military legacy through the designation of Camp Hale as a National Historic Landscape.  

  • SOLAR Edge Act: This bill works to incentivize residential solar installation and long-term job growth in the solar industry. 

  • Federal Labs Modernization Act: This legislation would prioritize the investment in and modernization of federal labs, several of which are located within Colorado’s 2nd  Congressional District. 

  • SOIL Act and Sustainable Agriculture Research Act: This bipartisan legislative package works to make critical investments in regenerative agriculture research. 

  • Climate Resilient Communities Act: This legislation calls for a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on climate resiliency at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including providing recommendations on how to improve building codes and standards that the Agency uses to prepare for climate change and address resiliency. 

  • Biodiversity Resolution: This bill calls for a national commitment to addressing the biodiversity crisis by establishing a strategy that would ideally be developed through an interagency process announced by the president in an Executive Order. 

  • Green Government Resolution: This legislation works to put the U.S. Capitol Complex in line with Washington D.C.’s renewable electricity goals. 

  • Carbon Cost Act: This bill works to direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the National Academies of Science (NAS) to complete recommendations to Congress for establishing an entity responsible for analyzing how proposed Federal legislation is likely to impact the nation’s carbon emissions.

  • The Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act: This act works to prevent the use of toxic pesticides that harm children, farmworkers and consumers in the United States. The Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020 (PACTPA) represents the first comprehensive update since 1996 to the law governing pesticide use in the United States, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 

  • Disaster Safe Power Grid Act: This bill ensures that power companies do their part to reduce the risk of power blackouts and wildland fires through power system upgrades, fire and disaster safety equipment installation, and proper vegetation management. 

  • Wildfire Recovery Act: This legislation works to ensure Colorado communities have the resources they need to recover from a devastating wildfire season through increasing flexibility in the federal cost share for Fire Management Assistance Grants and allow for an increase above the current 75% federal share. 

  • Securing Helium for Science Act: This legislation puts a “condition of sale” on whichever private entity purchases the Federal Helium Reserve, ensuring that academic users continue to be able to purchase discounted helium for the next 8 years, which the National Science Foundation ramps up a program to provide helium recyclers.  

  • Stop Climate Censorship Act: This bill requires any political appointee at a federal agency seeking to remove content regarding climate change in a scientific study or press release to publicly provide the underlying scientific reason for doing so. 

Climate Readiness Act: This bill requires the Department of Defense to submit a report outlining the threats both domestic and abroad of climate change to United States national security. Specifically, the report will include an overview of the ways in which climate change will exacerbate or create new global conflicts that may threaten the security of the United States. The bill also requests that the Secretary of Defense provide recommended strategies and approaches for responding to climate change.