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  • House Democrats Urge President Obama to Oppose Anti-Wildlife Provisions
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), led 92 House Democrats today urging President Obama to veto any Republican attempts to strip Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from any authorizing or spending bills. Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Legislation To Protect Marine Life From Seismic Airgun Blasting
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer today announced that he introduced bipartisan legislation, in partnership with Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), to stop seismic airgun blasting along the Atlantic seaboard. While offshore petroleum extraction is off limits in the Atlantic until at least 2022 due to a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision, permits for seismic airgun blasting remain under consideration. “I was so happy when BOEM opted to protect Atlantic coastal communities, including those in V... Read more

  • Beyer, Science Committee Democrats Respond to Committee’s Anti-Science Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), joined Science Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) in delivering the following statement on the Chairman’s issuance of eleven subpoenas to the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general (AGs) and a number of non-governmental organizations: “We strongly condemn the Science Committee Majority’s unlawful subpoenas issued today to th... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer Statement on Majority’s Anti-Climate Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on his vote against the H.Con.Res. 89, which expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax is detrimental to the United States economy: Read more

  • Beyer Defends AGs in Anti-Climate Science Probe
    Posted in Press Releases on June 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Don Beyer wrote House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s (SST) Chairman Lamar Smith today, in response to his missives to seventeen state attorneys general, including Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and eight environmental organizations requesting documents related to their work on climate change. The Smith letters, signed by thirteen Republican SST Members, requests documents and information related to ongoing collaboration regarding climate change, including i... Read more

  • Atlantic Coast Members of Congress Thank Obama for Decision To Remove Atlantic States From Offshore Drilling Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) led 49 other Members of Congress in writing to thank President Obama for the Department of the Interior’s decision to remove the Atlantic Ocean from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program. The decision removes the Atlantic from any offshore drilling plans until 2022. “Offshore drilling poses tremendous risks to our coastal environment and economy. President Obama and Secretary Jewell know that it is n... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes Signing Of Paris Climate Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer expressed his strong approval of the Paris Agreement, signed today as part of a celebration of Earth Day in a ceremony in New York City. “The Paris Agreement contains the kind of bold action needed to address climate change,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Climate change represents the most significant threat to future generations. Our commitment today is crucial to the safety and wellbeing of the planet.” Congressman Beyer signed a bicameral letter from Members of Congress expressi... Read more

  • 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