House Committee on Natural Resources: Democrats

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3 billion birds have been killed in North America since 1970, and Trump tried to destroy the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.C...
02/04/2021
Chair Grijalva: Biden Admin is Right to Release $1.3 Billion for Housing Relief in Puerto Rico – Hearing on Access to Federal Aid Coming This Spring | The House Committee on Natural Resources

3 billion birds have been killed in North America since 1970, and Trump tried to destroy the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Chair Raul M. Grijalva & Representative Alan Lowenthal called out Trump's handouts to big oil. Now the White House is taking action to focus on protection, not polluters.

The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats - Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva

After almost 4 years of Republican neglect, the Biden admin is bringing Puerto Rico the disaster relief it needs. Thanks...
02/04/2021
Biden to Free Up Billions in Delayed Puerto Rico Storm Aid

After almost 4 years of Republican neglect, the Biden admin is bringing Puerto Rico the disaster relief it needs.

Thanks President Joe Biden for removing restrictions & releasing federal disaster aid in response to Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The administration plans to release $1.3 billion that was meant to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria in 2017, and will remove restrictions on another $4.9 billion.

Burning coal makes people sick and pollutes our air and water. Time to create jobs that make our world cleaner and bette...
02/01/2021
The World Is Finally Giving Up Coal — Almost

Burning coal makes people sick and pollutes our air and water. Time to create jobs that make our world cleaner and better.

In order to fight the #ClimateCrisis, we need a #JustTransition to renewable energy. America can’t wait.

Coal is in a death spiral — but it's far from clear when the final coal plant will close.

Trump ignored or waived dozens of laws to build his racist border wall and bulldozed or dynamited hundreds of miles of t...
01/29/2021
Biden faces call to heal environmental and cultural scars of Trump border wall

Trump ignored or waived dozens of laws to build his racist border wall and bulldozed or dynamited hundreds of miles of the borderlands. Sacred Native American sites & our #PublicLands were destroyed.

We’re going to fix #BorderWall damage and #HonorTheSacred.

Border communities, Native Americans and experts want the president to reverse damage done by construction under Trump

01/26/2021
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Good news: The D.C. Circuit Court just ruled the Dakota Access Pipeline violated environmental laws & was approved with no real public or tribal input. It’s time to put #PeopleOverPolluters and shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all.

We have not forgotten, we have not given up, we will continue to fight. President-Elect Joe Biden has made a promise to cancel Keystone XL. Now let’s ask him to get on the right side of history and shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. Watch this short film and take action: Tȟokáta Hé Miyé /My Name Is Future. #NoDAPL #MyNameIsFuture

This is just the beginning! Having a POTUS who believes in science & climate change makes all the difference. We’re glad...
01/22/2021
Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands

This is just the beginning!

Having a POTUS who believes in science & climate change makes all the difference.

We’re glad Biden’s U.S. Department of the Interior is taking steps to fight the #ClimateCrisis and putting #PeopleOverPolluters.

The Interior Department took swift action to deliver on President Biden’s campaign pledge to block oil and gas drilling on public lands, freezing such leases for the next 60 days.

President Biden’s choice of first executive orders put us on our way to building a truly pro-worker, pro-family, pro-env...
01/20/2021

President Biden’s choice of first executive orders put us on our way to building a truly pro-worker, pro-family, pro-environment economy.

Full statement ➡️ http://bit.ly/38Yp45g

Chair Raul M. Grijalva & Congressman Donald McEachin champion #EnviroJusticeNow legislation because ALL Americans have a...
01/19/2021

Chair Raul M. Grijalva & Congressman Donald McEachin champion #EnviroJusticeNow legislation because ALL Americans have a right to clean water & clean air.

This #MLKDay, we honor Dr. King’s legacy as we continue to fight for policies that ensure environmental justice for all.

Good news! The Biden administration will shut the Keystone XL pipeline immediately. This is an essential first step to p...
01/18/2021
Biden is expected to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline permit on his first day in office.

Good news! The Biden administration will shut the Keystone XL pipeline immediately.

This is an essential first step to put #PeopleOverPolluters. The Dakota Access Pipeline should be next.

#NoDAPL #ActOnClimate

Environmentalists have long targeted the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline as both a contributor to climate change and a symbol of the country’s unwillingness to move away from an oil-based economy.

Throughout Trump’s tenure, Interior has obstructed and ignored oversight from a democratically elected Congress. This ad...
01/12/2021
POLITICS: Deflect and obstruct: How Interior ducked House oversight

Throughout Trump’s tenure, Interior has obstructed and ignored oversight from a democratically elected Congress. This administration’s legacy is a serious #CultureOfCorruption.

During the #Coronavirus pandemic, Interior has refused to email documents and demanded we meet only in person. They’ve evaded all scrutiny and ignored multiple document requests. When they respond at all, they send illegible documents and printouts of already public material.

Trump’s Interior will be remembered for its complete and utter disrespect for our environment, our #PublicLands, and our democracy. This is what happens when you’re told there are no consequences for your actions - and your political party protects you. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063722307

When Democrats took the House in 2019, one of their goals was scrutiny of the Trump administration. Documents and interviews show how the Interior Department worked to derail those efforts.

Trump just did a big favor for the anti-government landowners the Bundy militia “supported” with their armed #PublicLand...
01/05/2021
Trump administration pushes for grazing permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff

Trump just did a big favor for the anti-government landowners the Bundy militia “supported” with their armed #PublicLands attack in 2016.

We held a hearing with local voices impacted by the Bundy invasion. Excusing this kind of behavior and winking at extremists is dangerous.

The Trump administration is once again pushing ahead with grazing permits for two men pardoned by President Trump whose arson conviction in part spurred the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in

Trump is choosing to put polluters over people one last time as he pushes an illegal attempt to shield Big Oil from the ...
01/05/2021
Trump Administration, in Parting Gift to Industry, Reverses Bird Protections

Trump is choosing to put polluters over people one last time as he pushes an illegal attempt to shield Big Oil from the consequences of killing birds.

More birds will die because of this decision.

A rule change means companies will not be held liable for killing migratory birds as long as their actions were not intentionally designed to do so.

01/04/2021
Center for Biological Diversity

Check out the Center for Biological Diversity’s newest video demanding an end to Trump’s racist, ineffective and destructive border wall. #NotAnotherFoot

The Biden-Harris administration has promised to cancel all border wall contracts when sworn into office to say #NoBorderWall once and for all.

With just weeks left in office, Trump is in a mad dash to build as many miles of border wall as possible, bulldozing protected public lands, dynamiting mountains, and severing habitat for endangered species.

President-elect @JoeBiden said #NotAnotherFoot of wall would be built under his watch. With the stroke of a pen on Jan 20, he must keep his word and stop the wall for good.

01/01/2021

President Trump vetoed a bill to reduce ocean pollution from fishing nets. It passed Congress without any controversy.

Republicans & Democrats support it. Every stakeholder, including fishermen, supports it.

This is Trump’s absurd final insult to our #oceans.

Americans love #publiclands and want them saved for the future.One man's journey through each of our national parks offe...
12/30/2020
Tips for visiting U.S. national parks from someone who visited them all

Americans love #publiclands and want them saved for the future.

One man's journey through each of our national parks offers a great reminder - as we head into the new year - just how beautiful, restorative and valuable our open spaces are to us all.

In “Leave Only Footprints,” “Sunday Morning” correspondent Conor Knighton chronicles his epic adventure.

A National Park Service officer tasered a Marine Corps veteran at Petroglyph National Monument on Dec. 27. We're asking ...
12/30/2020
Chair Grijalva Requests Body-Worn Camera Footage of National Park Service Agent Tasering U.S. Marine Veteran at Petroglyph National Monument | The House Committee on Natural Resources

A National Park Service officer tasered a Marine Corps veteran at Petroglyph National Monument on Dec. 27. We're asking the U.S. Department of the Interior for video footage of the incident. This is part of a pattern of potentially unjustified use of force. We're not going to drop this issue.

The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats - Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva

We’ve got good news, #PublicLands lovers! House Democrats just passed Chair Raul M. Grijalva's bill to expand Saguaro Na...
12/10/2020

We’ve got good news, #PublicLands lovers! House Democrats just passed Chair Raul M. Grijalva's bill to expand Saguaro National Park!

🐢 More wildlife protections
🏜 More scenic views
🥾 More access to recreation
🌵 More land in the park

Chair Raul M. Grijalva's full statement on former U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly unveiled ...
12/10/2020
Chair Grijalva on Newly Unveiled Portrait of Former Secretary Ryan Zinke: “An Intentional Final Insult to the Tribes He Disrespected From the Moment He Took Office” | The House Committee on Natural Resources

Chair Raul M. Grijalva's full statement on former U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly unveiled portrait.

“Former Secretary Ryan Zinke left office under legal investigation, and his new portrait is entirely consistent with his smug, unethical, condescending tenure at the Interior Department. Setting his formal portrait at Bears Ears National Monument, which he happily dismantled despite the wishes of Native Americans around the country, is nothing more than an intentional final insult to tribes he disrespected from the moment he took office. This portrait is a petty monument to a petty man, and we can only look forward to a court ruling that reverses the damage he did to the landscape he has now abused twice.”

The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats - Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva

Do you believe the Biden-Harris administration should focus its agenda and explain its priorities as a way to address #c...
12/09/2020
Opinion | Biden Needs to Go Big on the Climate

Do you believe the Biden-Harris administration should focus its agenda and explain its priorities as a way to address #climatechange? So does Chair Raul M. Grijalva, and he just wrote a new op-ed for POLITICO Magazine on why this is so important: "It’s now clear that our entire national policy portfolio—economic development, transportation planning, housing and urban renewal, agricultural practices, not to mention oil and gas drilling—is really about climate change and how we intend to deal with it. It’s not just the elephant in the room. It’s the whole room."

To motivate the country around the changes we need, Biden needs a unifying theme. The right one is climate change.

We must amend PROMESA to ensure it serves the people of Puerto Rico.Last night, the House passed Nydia Velazquez's legis...
12/09/2020
House Passes Congress’ First Amendment To PROMESA, More Reforms Needed to Improve Quality of Life for Puerto Ricans | The House Committee on Natural Resources

We must amend PROMESA to ensure it serves the people of Puerto Rico.
Last night, the House passed Nydia Velazquez's legislation to close a loophole in the island’s debt restructuring process and improve transparency. https://naturalresources.house.gov/media/press-releases/house-passes-congress-first-amendment-to-promesa-more-reforms-needed-to-improve-quality-of-life-for-puerto-ricans

The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats - Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva

12/09/2020
Environmental Justice Now Tour: Appalachia

For decades the coal industry has wreaked havoc on the local culture, economy, health and environment of central Appalachia. Now, coal companies are going bankrupt, leaving behind pollution, health issues and economic uncertainty.

We’re hosting a virtual forum on Wednesday, December 9, to hear from community activists across Appalachia. Chair Raul M. Grijalva and Congressman Donald McEachin’s #EnviroJusticeNow legislation gives Appalachian communities they tools they need for a #JustTransition. Watch live here at 12 p.m. Eastern.

Trump is rushing to lease the Arctic Refuge before his time is up. The rushed process is against the law.Even in its las...
12/07/2020
Chair Grijalva, Subcommittee Chairs Slam Rush to Lease Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain Before Biden Inauguration – Accelerated Timeline Violates BLM Rules | The House Committee on Natural Resources

Trump is rushing to lease the Arctic Refuge before his time is up. The rushed process is against the law.

Even in its last days, the Trump administration continues to mismanage and flagrantly violate environmental laws. #ProtectTheArctic https://naturalresources.house.gov/media/press-releases/chair-grijalva-subcommittee-chairs-slam-rush-to-lease-arctic-refuge-coastal-plain-before-biden-inauguration_accelerated-timeline-violates-blm-rules

The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats - Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva

12/07/2020
Environmental Justice Now Tour: Appalachia

For decades the coal industry has wreaked havoc on the local culture, economy, health and environment of central Appalachia. Now, coal companies are going bankrupt, leaving behind pollution, health issues and economic uncertainty.

We’re hosting a virtual forum on Wednesday, December 9, to hear from community activists across Appalachia. Chair Raul M. Grijalva and Congressman Donald McEachin’s #EnviroJusticeNow legislation gives Appalachian communities they tools they need for a #JustTransition. Watch live here at 12 p.m. Eastern.

12/06/2020
60 Years of Protecting The Arctic Refuge

Today Chair Raul M. Grijalva is celebrating 60 years of protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

We're reflecting on the past and looking towards the future as we commit to #DefendTheSacred & #ProtectTheArctic for years to come.

We need stronger federal and state climate policies and a decarbonized economy. Building a cleaner, more livable future ...
12/05/2020
Climate crisis: CO2 hits new record despite Covid-19 lockdowns

We need stronger federal and state climate policies and a decarbonized economy. Building a cleaner, more livable future is possible with good leadership and shared commitment - but we need to get started as soon as the Biden-Harris administration takes office.

Drop in emissions this year is a ‘tiny blip’ in buildup of greenhouse gases, UN agency says

Chair Raul M. Grijalva thanked House Democrats today for reappointing him as Chair for the 117th Congress, saying he loo...
12/03/2020
Chair Grijalva Thanks Democratic Caucus for Reappointment as Chair in 117th Congress, Looks Ahead to Focus on Climate Change, Environmental Justice | The House Committee on Natural Resources

Chair Raul M. Grijalva thanked House Democrats today for reappointing him as Chair for the 117th Congress, saying he looked forward to focusing on climate change and environmental justice as key themes in the coming term.

“The Natural Resources Committee has taken big strides in leading on climate change and environmental justice over the past two years, and with a Biden administration focused on its clear national mandate to address those issues, we can achieve big things in the next Congress,” Grijalva said today. “I thank my colleagues for continuing to put their trust in me. I intend to repay that trust with meaningful polluter oversight and substantive legislative action that will make the American people proud of Democratic leadership on these issues.”

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduced the Senate companion of Grijalva’s landmark Environmental Justice for All Act, which he introduced earlier this year with Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and a team of cosponsors. Advancing that legislation and seeing its principles folded into federal policy, he said, would be a top priority in the new year.

“Environmental justice is more than a buzzword – it’s a way of doing things that we should have started pursuing a long time ago,” Grijalva said. “It’s time to center our economy on human well-being instead of polluter profits and stop sacrificing whole generations and entire chunks of the country. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris understand that, and I look forward to working with them to implement serious reforms in the coming Congress.”

The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats - Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva

11/30/2020

The House Natural Resources Committee needs your help in understanding the events of June 1, when police attacked peaceful protestors at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. If you have video and/or photographic evidence of:

(1) the arrival, movement, and construction of anti-scale fencing on June 1; and
(2) verbal warnings from law enforcement to protestors between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. indicating that the area was about to be cleared,

please contact [email protected].

In 1988, the U.S. Senate recognized that our form of government is based largely on the Iroquois Confederacy and noted i...
11/26/2020
How the Iroquois Great Law of Peace Shaped U.S. Democracy | Native America

In 1988, the U.S. Senate recognized that our form of government is based largely on the Iroquois Confederacy and noted its importance to the history of democracy. Today is a great day to give thanks. #Thanksgiving #HappyThanksgiving

Much has been said about the inspiration of the ancient Iroquois “Great League of Peace” in planting the seeds that led to the formation of the United States of America and its representative democracy.

Big Oil is pivoting to plastics to stay in business.If the Trump administration or its apologists had any interest in so...
11/26/2020
The World Is Weighing a Paris Agreement for Plastic Pollution—But the U.S. Isn’t On Board

Big Oil is pivoting to plastics to stay in business.

If the Trump administration or its apologists had any interest in solving oil or plastic pollution, we would have seen it by now.

Instead they’re ignoring a global effort to clean up the industry.

At a virtual convening of the UN’s working group focused on marine litter and microplastics last week, more than two-thirds of countries said they’re open to crafting a new agreement to curb plastic pollution. But the biggest perpetrators seem uninterested.

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Chairman Honorable Raul Grijalva, I implore you to Stop the land swap January 15th 2021 turning over Oak Flats Arizona; Federally protected lands, to the foreign mining interests of Resolution Copper and Rio Tinto. This beautiful area is not only sacred to the Apache tribe, but many of the other local tribes as well. We have run out of time, and my prayers for this beautiful area and the people who will lose their holy place are louder and stronger than ever. You can make a difference, don't allow another horrible hole in the earth. Please stop the destruction, please listen to the peoples wishes, and hear the whispers of those whose spirits remain in this holy area.
The oceans are absolutely capable of managing climate change and the fact that they are dying indicates our demise may be irreversible. The oceans feed billions, sequester CO2 and create most of our oxygen because of a tiny creature named phytoplankton. However our runoff from millions of miles of roadways has displaced half the phytoplankton in my lifetime. As phytoplankton goes all life will soon follow. The good news if we address runoff phytoplankton would rebound quickly, can continue to feed billions and curtail climate change. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720647534
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There's concern about the slaughter of wild horses. All horses should be kept alive due to the potential of an EMP bomb attack by America's enemies. Should this occur, all electronics will be fried and transportation ability will be severely compromised. Keep those horses.
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February 14, 2020 Media Contact: Adam Sarvana (202) 225-6065 or (202) 578-6626 mobile Nat. Resources Committee Holding Feb. 26 Hearing on Chair Grijalva’s Public Lands and Waters Climate Change Bill, Rep. Westerman’s “Trillion Trees Act” Washington, D.C. – The Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 26 at 10:00 a.m. in Longworth 1324 on two bills introduced by Committee members designed to address climate change. H.R. 5435, the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act, was introduced on Dec. 16, 2019, by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.). It requires public lands and waters to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. H.R. 5859, the Trillion Trees Act, was introduced on Feb. 12, 2020, by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.). It endorses the United National Environment Programme’s “Trillion Trees Initiative” and promotes domestic forestry policies that focus on the harvest and replanting of trees on federal, state and private lands. The bill approaches climate change from the premise that carbon sequestration is best achieved by converting living forests into commercial wood products. Each year, public lands and waters are responsible for nearly a quarter of U.S. carbon emissions. As the Natural Resources Committee heard at the 22 climate-related hearings it held in 2019, climate change is now severely impacting U.S. national parks, wildlife, fisheries, water supplies, forests, and resources managed by the Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service. After gathering data on how climate impacts all facets of its jurisdiction, the Committee is now set to debate potential solutions. As with all hearings and markups, the event will be open to press and the public and will be livestreamed at http://facebook.com/nrdems A witness list will be released next week. # # # Stay in touch with Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee
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BWCA & Superior National Forest is NOT UNTOUCHED land and water. It has been logged, mined, and people lived and still live there. VOTE NO on HR5598.
Enviromarxism is nothing but a racket.
Thank you for caring about wild horses.
Looking forward to today’s hearing and the testimony of Robert Bobby Hughes, John stefanko, and Allan Edwards.