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  • Beyer Offers Amendments to Protect Parks, Appalachian Trail
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer, member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, offered two amendments at today’s committee debate on H.R. 2295, the National Energy Security Corridors Act. The amendments would keep Congress’ original intent of exempting National Parks and Trails from the development of pipelines. "Lowering heating and electric bills for middle class American families is always a good thing. But we must do so by using safe, environmentally responsible practices, and not by putting pip... Read more

  • Clean Water Rule Makes a Splash
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer applauded the final "Waters of the United States" rule announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update and clarify the protections offered by the 1972 Clean Water Act. “This is such an important step toward fully protecting the streams and wetlands most vulnerable to pollution and destruction,” said Rep. Beyer. “Right now, nearly one in three Americans get their drinking water from unprotected seasonal rivers, lakes, a... Read more

  • Amendment to HR 1806
    Posted in Blog on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Mark DeSaulnier​ and I introduced an amendment to HR 1806, which tried to keep "the reduction of greenhouse gasses" as one of the many goals of ARPA-E research. Somehow House Republicans interpereted this as limiting the range of possible research. Nonsense. But, we lost, 232 to 190. Thanks to Eddie Bernice Johnson​ for supporting this amendment. Read more

  • Happy Bike to Work Day!
    Posted in Blog on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Transportation

    Beautiful day for a ride to work - and I'm not even tire-ed! Read more

  • Beyer Rides New Metro Passenger Rail Car
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Transportation

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer joined Governor Terry McAuliffe, Reps. Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock, and local and state leaders to tour the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority (WMATA) new 7000 series train cars made by Kawasaki: “These new cars are smarter, sleeker, safer, and far more energy efficient,” said Rep. Beyer. “They are better for the thousands of passengers who rely on the Metro system every day, and they are better for the environment, Northern Virginia, the Commonwealt... Read more

  • Beyer Backs White House Plan to Cut Emissions
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer threw his support behind the White House’s formal announcement that the United States will offer a proposal to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference that would curb domestic greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent. “Global climate change is the existential crisis of our time. I am proud to see President Obama’s pledge that the United States will take a leading role on the international stage to protect our environment. Reducing carbon emissions is t... Read more

  • Fifty Years of Climate Change
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Baines Johnson became the first President to speak about the dangers of climate change in an iconic environmental address to the nation. He spoke of the need for “a new conservation,” whose object was “not just man’s welfare but the dignity of man’s spirit.” And he warned of the dangers of climate change: “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through radioactive materials and a steady increase in carbon dioxid... Read more

  • Voting Against the Keystone Pipeline
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressional lawmakers face many difficult votes over the course of their careers. Thankfully, with the help of my excellent staff, many advisors, and countless engaged constituents I know that I will have all the advice I need to make the decisions that are best for the 8th District, Virginia, and the country. While I know that I will spend a great deal of time deliberating on such votes, the vote on whether or not to authorize the building of the Keystone XL pipeline was easy. Our planet is c... Read more