Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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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.

 

Highlights

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. 

Addressing Cross-Border Pollution 

The Tijuana River Valley sewage spill is part of a larger problem that must be addressed on both sides of the border. Solving it requires policymakers to work together at different levels of government. Since the first major spill occurred in February 2017, I have led bipartisan efforts to secure funding for critical wastewater infrastructure projects along the border. I have called for greater agency accountability and greater cooperation with the Mexican government. I believe that strong partnerships with local academic institutions and the private sector is essential to foster innovation and new economic opportunities.

  • March 12017: Sent a letter with Rep. Juan Vargas to the EPA to alert the spill of over 143 gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River Valley and call for an assessment and action by the International Boundary Water Commission (IWBC) and EPA San Diego offices.
  • March 6, 2017Visited Tijuana River sewage spill impact area with local councilmembers to assess damage.​
  • March 30, 2017: Led a letter with San Diego delegation to House Appropriations Committee’s Interior and Environment Subcommittee to request rejecting cuts and funding $5 million for the Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP) in FY 2018.
  • June 5, 2017: Sent a letter with San Diego delegation to the IWBC to request securing Tijuana River Valley communities from contaminants and wastewater discharge.
  • September 26, 2017: Co-sponsored the Tijuana River Valley Comprehensive Protection and Rehabilitation Act with Rep. Juan Vargas and Darrell Issa to provide grant funding and develop a plan to update the area’s infrastructure.
  • March 23, 2018: Sent a letter with the San Diego delegation to Inspector General Steve A. Linick requesting an investigation of the IBWC to determine if faithfully executing responsibilities.
  • April 24, 2018: Announced $1.17 million EPA grant to address wastewater collectors who failed and caused major sewage spills.
  • June 7, 2018: Passage of the Water Resources Development Act that includes directing the Army Corp of Engineers to conduct a study on the Tijuana River flood risk management.
  • September 26, 2018: Sent a letter to House and Senate majority leaders to support funding the North American Development Bank (NADB) to finance border water infrastructure projects.
  • January 2, 2019: Sent a letter to the IBWC Area Operations Manager to ask for action on a recent sewage spill and raise concerns over timely notification to the public.
  • January 18, 2019: Sent a letter with San Diego delegation to Ambassador Gutierrez of Mexico to request Mexico makes every effort to address the recent sewage spill in Tijuana.
  • February 152019Voted to pass the federal spending bill allocating $15 million in federal funding to the EPA for the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program.
  • April 29, 2019: Sent letter to the EPA, International Boundary and Water Commission, Pentagon, Department of State, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to respond to the pollution crisis along the U.S.-Mexico Border.
  • June 28, 2019: Sent a letter with the San Diego delegation to Administrator of the EPA Andrew Wheeler to request information in the EPA-funded report regarding projects in the Tijuana River Valley.
  • July 3, 2019: Sent a letter with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Reps. Juan Vargas, and Mike Levin to Ambassador Barcena of Mexico to urge officials in Tijuana to take immediate action.
  • July 22, 2019: Introduced the North American Development Bank Pollution Solution Act with Rep. Juan Vargas to expand funding opportunities for sewage spill mitigation efforts.
  • July 23, 2019: Co-sponsored the Tijuana River Navy Impact resolution introduced by Rep. Susan Davis.
  • July 25, 2019: Co-sponsored the Border Water Infrastructure Improvement Act introduced by Rep. Mike Levin.
  • July 25, 2019: Vote to pass a spending bill that included $30 million dollars for the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Grant Program (BWIP).
  • September 23, 2019: Secured $3 billion in investments for water infrastructure projects along the U.S.-Mexico border through passage of portion of Pollution Solution Act of 2019.

Reducing Emissions and Super Pollutants 

The current climate crisis will continue to worsen unless we take serious and swift action. Science has proven that the largest contributors to global warming are carbon emissions and super pollutants, which are gases much more potent than CO2 and therefore, add more warming per ton. We can harness new and existing technology to capture emissions and super pollutants in order to curb the critical changes we are seeing in our atmosphere.

  • Introduced the bipartisan Super Pollutants Act of 2019 to address short-lived climate pollutants like methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
  • Introduced the bipartisan USE IT Act to promote new carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies, including bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS).
  • Introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, which looks to prevent carbon emissions by imposing a tax on certain fuels that emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Strengthening Community Preparedness and Resilience

Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and strength due to climate change, making recovery times longer and costs higher for communities and residents throughout the country. In San Diego, we must be prepared to withstand wildfires, earthquakes, sea level rise, and other environmental issues that impact public health, safety, and quality of life. I am fighting to make sure our city receives the support it needs in prevention and response efforts to address and overcome the environmental threats San Diego faces.

  • Leader in the fight to stop Tijuana River sewage spills at the California-Mexico border which pose significant health hazards and cause regular beach closures that impact the local tourism economy by helping to secure $15 million in federal grants for the Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program.
  • Introduced Tijuana River Valley Pollution Solution bill package with Rep. Juan Vargas. The package is a comprehensive approach to stop the cross-border flows of wastewater, trash, and sediment from entering U.S. waters. Rep. Peters led the provision that prioritizes funding for projects that specifically address water pollution, wastewater treatment, and water conservation to reduce the risk of sewage flows.
  • Introduced the STRONG Act which would ensure communities across the country are prepared to withstand and recover from natural disasters and extreme weather events.
  • Introduced the Secure and Resilient Water Systems Act which will help communities better protect their drinking water systems from drought, industrial pollution, and potential attacks. The bill passed the House as part of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act in September 2018.
  • Helped introduce the Wildfire Prevention Act to give states awarded a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) access to resources that can help them mitigate the effects of a fire and to help prevent future fires.
  • Supported the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which would put an end to the government borrowing funds dedicated to wildfire prevention to pay for increasingly costly suppression efforts.
  • Introduced the Disclosing Aid Spent to Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act, which passed the House on July 24th, 2019. The bill will increase transparency and accountability of federal expenses on disaster relief.

Promoting Energy Efficiency and Innovation

San Diego’s evolving innovation economy is leading the development and deployment of clean-energy solutions that will help address climate change. Solar, biofuels, electric vehicles, and smart city technology promotes environment-friendly practices that will also jumpstart job creation and economic growth. We must encourage innovation in these cutting-edge research institutions and businesses to bring more of these ideas to market.

Recognizing Energy Security as National Security

In San Diego, our military leaders know preparing for the threat of climate change boosts combat readiness and saves lives. We can support U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to reduce energy use that will allow them to complete missions safely and efficiently. Their work to diversify their fuel supply and deploy innovative energy sources can be a model to improve military efficiency across the country.

  • Introduced the HYPE Act which would cut red tape in the construction permitting process for hydropower projects and incentivize greater investment in carbon-free hydropower.
  • Co-led the effort to create new regulatory pathways and funding for nuclear waste that includes both long-term disposal and interim storage programs.
  • Promoted recognizing nuclear power as a clean and reliable energy source, including small modular reactors, advanced nuclear development, and nuclear fusion, and advocated for international nuclear partnerships and research efforts.
  • Introduced the Carbon Utilization Act which would expand USDA research and loan guarantees to include carbon capture technologies that turn the carbon dioxide or methane products produced by organic waste into electricity, heat, or fuel. New energy sources created by this legislation, like biogas, could bring us closer to energy independence and reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Introduced the Algae Agriculture Act which would support the development of algae innovation to be used as food, an energy source, and as an industrial source.
  • Supported a $47 million increase in funding for the ARPA-E program in the 2018 fiscal year spending bill to fund projects to increase grid security and efficiency, and support growing the program to $1 billion by fiscal year 2024.
 

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

Nov 24, 2020 Press Release

SAN DIEGO – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) was joined by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Jerry Sanders and San Diego Coastkeeper Executive Director Matt O’Malley to announce the passage of the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II (OPRA II), a bill authored by Rep.

Oct 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06) introduced the bipartisan Build for Future Disasters Act to end the costly system of building, flooding and rebuilding perpetuated by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Sep 2, 2020 Press Release

SAN DIEGO – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement regarding the announcement of two near-term Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projects that will take meaningful action towards reducing cross-border pollution coming from the Tijuana River Valley:

Sep 1, 2020 Page

Bills Introduced that have Become Law


H.R. 1378, to designate the United States Federal Judicial Center located at 333 West Broadway in San Diego, California, as the "John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center" and to designate the United States courthouse located at 333 West Broadway in San Diego, California, as the "James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse":

Jul 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) helped the House pass a second federal spending package to fund integral programs and projects for Fiscal Year 2021. The package of six bills covers our nation’s defense; commerce, justice and science; energy and water development; financial services and general government; labor, education and health and human services; and transportation, housing and urban development. Each contains significant wins for the San Diego region.

Jul 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) supported the House passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), legislation enacted every two years that sets policy and enables the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out new water infrastructure projects. The 2020 version includes provisions important to San Diego, such as feasibility studies for shoreline stabilization along the Del Mar Bluffs and coastal storm damage reduction in Southern California.

Jun 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a congressional climate action framework, highlighting three bills introduced by Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) as integral tools in the effort to adequately address the climate crisis.

Apr 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a plan to significantly loosen restrictions on the release of mercury and other toxic metals from oil and coal-fired power plants into the atmosphere – some known to cause brain damage and other ailments.

Mar 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) re-asserted the need for a new congressional calendar that would increase the time members can spend in their districts, increase the number of days Congress is in legislative session, and reduce taxpayer-paid member travel to help fight climate change.

Mar 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) helped lead the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change markup of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act, which will now advance for action by the full committee. The bill, which Rep.