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  • Beyer Applauds Decision To Block Atlantic Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer welcomed today’s announcement from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect Atlantic states, including Virginia, from offshore drilling. “One of the first things I did in Congress was join my fellow Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott in urging Secretary Jewel to block offshore drilling in Virginia,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I am so glad that the Administration listened to our concerns and recognized the signif... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes US-Canada Climate Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) voiced his support for the joint agreement announced today by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reduce methane emissions. The leaders announced today’s agreement in a ceremony at the White House to greet the Canadian Prime Minister, the first official visit by a Canadian head of state in two decades. “Today’s accord between two of the world’s largest economies takes important steps to combat climate change. I applaud President Obama... Read more

  • Bipartisan Lawmakers Encourage the American Economy to Get Outside
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced legislation today that would require the federal government to measure the outdoor recreation industry’s impact on the U.S. economy. The Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions (REC) Act would direct the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to assess the outdoor industry’s contribution to job creation and consumer spending. “Outdoor recreation is... Read more

  • Beyer Calls for Congressional Action in Wake of NOAA, NASA Reports
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    2015 was the hottest year in recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Both agencies confirmed today that the global average temperature recorded in 2015 was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average and surpassed last year’s record by .29 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the annual global temperature record by the largest margin in the 136-year scientific record. Read more

  • Beyer-Honda, House Democrats Welcome 100th Co-Sponsor to Condemn Anti-Muslim Bigotry
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Mike Honda (D-CA) welcomed the 100th co-sponsor to support their legislation, H. Res. 569, condemning violence and bigotry towards Muslim-Americans. Read more

  • Hollywood Movie About the Appalachian Trail: Art Imitates Life for US Representative Don Beyer
    Posted in Press Releases on September 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    On the Eve of the Washington, DC premier of "A Walk In the Woods" this week, Congressman Don Beyer just returned from his 46th section hike of the Appalachian Trail. Read more

  • Beyer Supports President Obama’s Clean Power Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer welcomed the release of President Obama's final Clean Power Plan as an historic action on climate change: “Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will combat this threat to our health, safety, and security of the generations who will inherit our environmental legacy," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Millions of American families depend on us to take the necessary steps to clean up our air and water. The Clean Power Plan is a smart and... Read more

  • Beyer Calls for Action to Address National Security Threats from Climate Change
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DoD) Report on the National Implications of Climate Change: “Today’s report from the Defense Department is another emphatic statement that climate change is not only real, but is a national security threat," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Sea level rise, drought and severe weather, natural disasters, food insecurity, and competition for scarce resources jeopardize our security, here and abroad. Unless we comm... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on SCOTUS EPA Ruling
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision today in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency that rolled back Obama Administration environmental regulations for power plants: “Today’s Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency is disappointing. This ruling undermines President Obama’s work to strengthen public health and the environment by limiting the discharge of hazardous pollutants from power plants,” said Rep. Beyer. “Our e... Read more

  • Congress, EPA Need to Secure a Cleaner Future
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer reaffirmed his support today for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan and the Clean Air Act by voting against the Ratepayer Protection Act which would roll back the EPA’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions. “The EPA’s landmark proposal is designed to help cities and states cut the dangerous carbon emissions that threaten our health and our planet," said Rep. Beyer. "Instead of supporting this plan and working together to fight climate change in a... Read more