Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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Energy & Environment


As a former environmental lawyer and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I am dedicated to combating climate change and fostering renewable energy.  Unfortunately, San Diego is facing some of the consequences of climate change--from droughts, to wildfires, and floods from rising sea levels.  Therefore, we must not only work to curb climate change, but prepare for the effects it has on our region and nation as well. San Diego is home to many innovative green energy and cleantech companies that are important to our environment and economy. I will work in Congress to make sure these companies, as well as the premier research institutions in our region, get the support they need. We owe it to the next generation to ensure they, too, get a chance to enjoy our great outdoors.


I unveiled a Climate Playbook– a comprehensive compendium of legislation Congress can act on now to take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gases to slow and reverse the effects of climate change. It outlines how to reach targets like reduced emissions, increased resiliency, and energy efficiency. To be clear, this is only the beginning of a conversation and the Playbook invites new ideas on how to improve these bills – which are mostly bipartisan and thus have a good shot at becoming law. Read it here



I introduced the Algae Agriculture Act to support the development of algae in agriculture. 

I was honored to be a featured speaker at the Vatican Climate Conference convened by Pope Francis. Read my full remarks delivered at the global climate symposium. 


Climate Leadership in Congress

  • Climate Task Force Chair, Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (“SEEC”)
  • Sponsor of SUPER Act, HR 508, based on research at University of California San Diego, to control short-lived climate pollutants – methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons
  • Sponsor of STRONG Act, HR 2227, bipartisan legislation to prepare communities for the effect of extreme weather
  • Sponsor of DISASTER Act, HR 385, legislation to improve transparency on disaster response spending
  • Sponsored amendment to end Republican effort to stop environmental analysis from considering the social cost of carbon, H.AMDT. 704 to HR 348
  • Led discharge petition on wildfire funding (Petition #10 in 113th Congress, signed by 196 members)
  • Sponsor of the Department of Defense Energy Security Act (DODESA), HR 3108
  • Committee on Armed Services’ chief advocate for investment by the Navy and Marines in alternative energy
  • Co-chair, Congressional Algae Caucus (algae is a potential feedstock for advanced biofuels)
  • 100% rating in 2013 from the League of Conservation Voters; 92% lifetime score


Environmental Leadership in California

As City Council Member and City Council President,

  • Reduced sewer spills and beach closures by over 80% in six years
  • Won the national award for sustainability in a municipal general plan from the American Planning Association
  • Remake of Bird Rock neighborhood in La Jolla won national engineering and walkability awards


Commissioner, California Coastal Commission (2002-2005)


As Chair of the San Diego Unified Port District,

  • Initiated Climate Action Plan to deal with the effects of sea level rise on port business and marine habitat 
  • Founded the Center for Bay and Coastal Dynamics, a collaborative of the Port of San Diego, the U.S. Navy, Hubbs Research Institute, San Diego State University and University of California San Diego, to study environmental change in San Diego Bay
  • Awarded 2010 Scientists’ Recognition Award for Advancement of Oceanography and Geophysics by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD


As a community volunteer,

  • Chair, San Diego Foundation Climate Initiative, a philanthropic effort to provide scientific research and to support good local decision making on climate issues (sea level rise, drought and more intense wildfires)
  • Co-founder, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to remaking communities to be less automobile-dependent and more walkable, bike-able and livable. 
  • Attended Climate Reality Changers (Toronto, 2015), Vice President Gore’s training session on climate change, and funded district environmental staffer to attend a training


A Clean Energy Roadmap to Curb Climate Change and Increase Community Resiliency

Pursuing innovative energy solutions, partnering with forward-looking businesses, and ensuring that our government and military lead the way in renewable energy use, can move us toward a stronger economy and a cleaner planet. Click below to read my full plan:

More on Energy & Environment

Jun 14, 2019 In The News

Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) wants to make friends—rather than villains—out of colleagues across the aisle when it comes to climate change policy.

The San Diego-area congressman said that if lawmakers are going to make any headway on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it can only be achieved with bipartisan backing.

Jun 14, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) called for federal action on interim and long-term nuclear waste storage during a meeting of the Energy and Commerce Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee. The meeting covered three bills, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019, the Spent Prioritization Act of 2019, and the STORE Nuclear Fuel Act of 2019, which outline solutions that move spent fuel out of decommissioned plants and into interim and long-term storage.

Jun 14, 2019 In The News

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, Friday called on the federal government to determine and commit to an interim and long-term plan for nuclear waste storage.

Peters challenged the rest of the federal government to find a storage solution during a meeting of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee.

Jun 13, 2019 Press Release

Earlier this week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) called attention to the cost of climate change and its risks to the federal budget during a meeting of the House Budget Committee, which covered the budgetary consequences of delaying action on climate change and included testimony from climate scientists, public policy experts, and budget specialists. The meeting follows reports on the catastrophic cost of climate—both in loss of biodiversity and increased disaster-related spending.

Apr 10, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) unveiled The Climate Playbook, a comprehensive plan he compiled of already existing legislation authored by both Republicans and Democrats, many of which have already earned bipartisan support. These legislative proposals together would take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gasses and slow—even reverse—the effects of climate change.

Apr 9, 2019 Op-Eds

As floodwaters in Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa recede, the cleanup is just beginning. In our home states, fires in California and hurricanes in North Carolina took the lives of loved ones and neighbors, caused irreparable damage to communities and businesses, and cost the federal government hundreds of billions of dollars.

Apr 2, 2019 Press Release

Last week, Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Mark Meadows (NC-11) introduced H.R. 1984, the bipartisan Disclosing Aid Spent to Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act, which increases transparency and accountability of federal expenses on disaster relief.

Feb 15, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressmembers Juan Vargas (CA-51), Scott Peters (CA-52), and Susan Davis (CA-53) released the following statement after $15 million was allocated to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) U.S. – Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program: 

Feb 13, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressmen Scott Peters (CA-52) and David McKinley (WV-01) introduced H.R. 1166, the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that supports the development and demonstration of vital carbon capture and removal technologies.

Jan 29, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) reintroduced the bipartisan Strengthening The Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground Act (STRONG Act) to help communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from natural disasters like wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes by aggregating best practices on disaster readiness and response.