Climate Change and the Environment

Beyer Elected Chair Of Space Subcommittee

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Late last week, Democrats on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology elected Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) to serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics for the 117th Congress. “I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the Chairman for the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee,” said Beyer. “Over the last year, we witnessed some of the most impactful moments for U.S. s... Read more »

Committee Members Celebrate Vacating of EPA Rule to Censor Science

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On Monday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Brian Morris for the District of Montana granted the Biden Administration’s motion to vacate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule for “Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information.” This decision follows Chief Judge Morris’s ruling last week that the rule w... Read more »

Beyer Blasts EPA Anti-Science Rule

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Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the finalization of its controversial rule restricting which science the agency can rely on when crafting regulations, which would dramatically weaken the scientific foundations of the EPA’s public health regulations: “This rule is an abominable attack on scientifi... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Biden Environmental Team

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who is expected to chair Congress’ Joint Economic Committee in the 117th Congress and who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus and as co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change Task Force, issued the following statement today on the announcement of President-elect Biden’s appointments for key environmental positions in his administration: ... Read more »

DeFazio, Napolitano, Beyer, and Carper File Amicus Brief over Trump Administration’s “Dirty Water Rule”

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Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE) submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 74 current Members of Congress and three former Members to... Read more »

Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs Ask House Democratic Leaders To Continue Select Climate Committee In 117th Congress

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Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, today wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to formally request the continuation of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in the 117th Congress, which begins next month. The Select Committee was initially authorized by House Resolution 6 on January 9, 2019, charged wit... Read more »

Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement and Resolution on the Five-Year Anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement

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Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, today issued the following statement on their introduction of a resolution celebrating the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement: “Climate change is a worldwide threat and we are already feeling some of the devastating consequences. It is our responsibility as a nat... Read more »

Bonamici, Beyer, Castor, Grijalva Lead 89 Members in Opposing Trump Effort to Undermine Climate Science

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Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) led 89 members in calling on Donald J. Trump to stop any attempts to further undermine climate science during the last days of his presidency. Recently the Trump administration attempted to derail ... Read more »

Beyer Coastal Resilience Bills to Help Alexandria Flooding Get Natural Resources Hearing

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) returned via committee waiver to make a guest appearance today at a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources, on which he served from 2015-2019, as it considered an ocean climate legislation package which included two of Beyer’s bipartisan coastal resilience bills. The bills, the National Oceans and Coastal Security Improvements Act and the Strengthening Coastal Co... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Bipartisan Zero-Emission Transit Legislation

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Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Mike Rogers (R-AL), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced the Community Health and Clean Transit Act. The bipartisan bill would help accelerate the shift to battery electric and fuel cell electric buses in bus fleets across the country by providing zero-interest loans to help finance the purchase of zero-emission buses. “Our bipartisan legislation would help make Amer... Read more »