“Every day, our planet is endangered by actions that damage the earth for future generations. I’m proud of the work that I’ve done in Congress to address many of the problems identified by Ocean Champions, chiefly climate change and establishing a national oceans policy. We have a responsibility to be good stewards of the earth, and I take that responsibility very seriously.”
Leadership: Congressman Schiff sees global warming and ocean acidification not as “imminent crises,” but rather as already present and in need of decisive action. As a result, he is a steadfast supporter of clean energy development and continues to fight to keep the renewable energy industry growing in America by supporting tax credits and loan guarantees for renewable energy research and development at the Department of Energy that will provide new avenues to affordable and homegrown green energy. Congressman Schiff strongly opposes opening up the California coast to drilling and has consistently voted against legislation that would allow drilling off the coast of California and make drilling safety regulations weaker than even before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf Coast.
Restoring the Los Angeles River has long been one of Congressman Schiff’s priorities, and he has worked extensively with the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to develop a plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Rehabilitating the Los Angeles River would allow for a continuous, functioning ecosystem along the river corridor that could support birds, mammals and fish. Congressman Schiff also believes that wilderness lands, including the Southern California foothills, are treasures that we must continually work to preserve for our children and our children’s children to enjoy. To that end, he has supported many efforts to preserve wilderness lands across the country.
Congressman Schiff is committed to managing our oceans and fisheries in a sustainable manner. He has opposed efforts to defund the National Ocean Policy, which creates a framework for interagency coordination on ocean activities. Since his first election in 2000, Congressman Schiff has developed a strong track record of leadership and support for ocean issues.
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