Climate Change and the Environment

House Passes Broad Infrastructure Legislation; Bill Includes Beyer Community Funding Requests, Wildlife Conservation Legislation, Suicide Prevention Amendment

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The House today passed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation [INVEST] in America Act, ambitious surface transportation legislation that would pave the way to rebuilding America’s infrastructure. The bill contained top priorities for Northern Virginia and legislative measures sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), including: All of Beyer’s Member-designated trans...

Beyer Applauds House Passage Of Bipartisan Scientific Research And Innovation Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today celebrated the adoption of H.R. 2225, the National Science Foundation for the Future Act, and H.R. 3593, the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act, both of which passed in the House of Representatives last night with broad bipartisan support. “This legislation will support continued lea...

The Hill: House votes to nix Trump methane rule

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House votes to nix Trump methane rule BY RACHEL FRAZIN Originally Published At The Hill The House voted on Friday to get rid of a Trump administration rule that weakened regulation on a powerful greenhouse gas called methane. The measure, passed by the House in a 229-191 vote, has already been approved by the Senate and will now head to the White House for President Biden's signature. Twelve House...

Beyer, Mast Introduce Bipartisan National Ocean and Coastal Security Improvements Act

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Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the National Ocean and Coastal Security Improvements Act. The bill would support coastal communities’ ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions by improving coastal infrastructure and supporting coastal research, resiliency, conser...

Beyer Welcomes Withdrawal Of Dirty Water Rule

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, issued the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would withdraw the Dirty Water (“Navigable Waters Protection”) Rule, previously issued by the Trump Administration: “The Dirty Water Rule sold out the American people’s clean water protections to benefit corpor...

Rep. Beyer In Scientific American: It’s Time For Congress to Support Fusion Energy

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It’s Time For Congress to Support Fusion Energy Fusion devices for clean, safe, and affordable electricity and industrial heat are making advances and need a push By U.S. Representative Don Beyer on June 4, 2021 Published in Scientific American The existential threat of the climate emergency poses perhaps the greatest danger to human health and prosperity we have ever faced. And it carries with it...

Members Of Bipartisan Fusion Energy Caucus Seek Energy Department Update On Congressional Directives

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Yesterday, members of Congress’ bipartisan Fusion Energy Caucus wrote to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm seeking updates on the Department of Energy’s progress in implementing directives from Congress to support the development of key fusion energy projects. The letter, led by Fusion Energy Caucus founder Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), was signed by Reps. Susan Wild (D-PA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Bill ...

ESA Caucus Resolution Recognizes Endangered Species Day

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WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) joined Congresswoman Debbie Dingell in introducing a resolution recognizing Friday, May 21 as Endangered Species Day with Endangered Species Act (ESA) Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ). The resolution recognizes the strong role that the ESA has played in safeguarding America’s environmental heritage and the need to prioritize ...

Chairman Beyer Opening Statement for Hearing on Earth Science and Climate Change Activities at NASA

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Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics is holding a hearing titled, “NASA’s Earth Science and Climate Change Activities: Current Roles and Future Opportunities.” Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Rep. Don Beyer’s (D-VA), opening statement for the record is below. Good morning and welcome to today’s hearing on “NASA’...

Beyer Hails “America The Beautiful” Initiative

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today issued the following statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s “America the Beautiful” initiative, a report submitted to the National Climate Task Force produced by the developed by the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The report calls for national goals including the conservation of 3...