Protecting Our Environment

There is no debate here: climate change is real and it’s wreaking havoc all over the globe. Each day our country fails to act on climate change, we threaten the future of our children and grandchildren and the long-term vitality of our planet. 

I have always stood up to protect our environment by supporting measures that reduce our carbon emissions, protect our critical natural resources, and ensure our planet’s well-being for future generations.

In Washington, I continue fighting to address climate change. Each day, I am working to pass aggressive legislation that will ensure the federal government takes action on what truly is an existential crisis. 

H.Res. 52 The Climate Emergency Resolution

To declare a climate emergency which requires a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse, and address the causes and consequences of climate change to restore the climate for future generations. 

H.R. 9 The Climate Action Now Act​

To reaffirm federal committment to the Paris Climate Agreement. 

H.R. 5221 The 100% Clean Economy Act

To establish bold federal standards to reduce our carbon footprint and promote renewable energy sources.

H.R. 763 The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

To help reduce U.S. carbon pollution by up to 45% by 2030 and by 90% by 2050 by putting a price on carbon emissions and returning 100% of the revenue to the American People. 

H.R. 585 The BREATHE Act

To prevent toxic air pollution by reversing the exemption for oil and gas companies while also adding hydrogen sulfide to the Clean Air Act's federal list of hazardous air pollutants.

H.R. 1497 The Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act

To reauthorize certain water pollution control programs.

H.R. 3195 The Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act

To permanently fund one of the most broadly supported and effective conservation programs. 

H.R. 1146 The Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act

To protect the wildlife refuge from development by removing the Administration's authorization for oil and gas drilling.

H.R. 1225 The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act

To take existing government revenue and allocate it to the chronically underfunded National Park Service. 

H.R. 1373 The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

To prevent future damage and remove the moratoriums related to 19th century mining legislation.

H.R. 1049 The National Heritage Area Act

To take a new approach to heritage areas by establishing standardized criteria.

H.R. 230 The Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019

To ban the use and stockpile of Chlorpyrifos, an extremely harmful pesticide.

H.R. 309 The Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act

To prohibit new or renewed oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean Planning Areas of the Outer Continental Shelf.

H.R. 4007 The FRESHER Act

To close a loophole for oil and gas companies within the Clean Water Act and mandate a study on the effects of stormwater runoff from these industries' operations.

Note: The outlined legislation above was introduced during the 116th Congress.

Navigating this crisis will take unprecedented levels of work and cooperation and I will work tirelessly to ensure our nation is at the forefront of addressing climate change. We cannot afford the cost of inaction.

More on Protecting Our Environment

July 21, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle took action to protect public health and the safety of our drinking water by voting in favor of H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act of 2021 -- comprehensive legislation to regulate dangerous Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (known as PFAS chemicals), clean up contamination, and safeguard American families. 

July 7, 2021 Press Release

Project was included in INVEST in America Act passed by the House of Representatives last week

June 17, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle introduced legislation to guarantee consumers and small businesses a right to repair their own products by requiring manufacturers to make diagnostic repair information, parts, and tools readily available.

September 22, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced his co-sponsorship of the Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy (THRIVE) Agenda. This comprehensive resolution outlines the bold actions and investments that are necessary to move our nation forward and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced the introduction of legislation to address the climate crisis and achieve a clean, sustainable economy. The 100% Clean Economy Act, which Rep. Morelle co-sponsors, sets a national goal of achieving a 100% clean economy by 2050 and encourages the growth of innovative, sustainable technologies.

August 14, 2019 Press Release

(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced his strong support of the Climate Emergency Resolution (H. Res. 52) which calls for a comprehensive, large-scale approach to address climate change. To support the goals outlined in this resolution, Rep. Morelle has co-sponsored a package of legislation including H.R.