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This summer, California has seen more devastating wildfires than we’ve experienced in recorded history, building on a trend of record-breaking years. The science is clear: immediate, bold action is needed to protect our communities from extreme weather and climate-driven megafires.

I’m sending you this message to keep you up to date with the work I have been doing to help Californians prepare for and recover from wildfires, and my efforts to take meaningful action on climate change and land management so we can prevent future disasters. …


Legislation Holds Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp Accountable for Impacts of Disastrous Klamath Dams

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Image of “Iron Gate” dam on Klamath River. Photo Credit: Michael Wier

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which included the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement Tribal Fairness amendment, led by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael). The amendment is designed to safeguard Tribal communities against further harm to the Klamath River and its ecosystem and remediate existing problems in the Klamath River basin and downstream communities caused by four aging dams owned by PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. …


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Photo Credit: Ryan Peterson

On Monday, Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02), Chair of the Natural Resources Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee and member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, led a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to use his authority to veto the flawed Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pebble Mine on the grounds that the project would have significant negative impacts on Bristol Bay, Alaska.

“If constructed, the Pebble Mine would be the largest open pit gold and copper mine in North America. It would be sited at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed, threatening a globally significant ecosystem and imperiling the world’s greatest wild sockeye salmon fishery, which drives a multimillion-dollar economy,” the Members wrote in their letter. “While USACE has announced the Pebble Mine cannot be permitted as currently proposed, it is important to note that USACE has not made a decision on the permit but has required the project sponsors to submit a mitigation plan in 90 days. There is no level of compensatory mitigation that would be sufficient to address the mine’s irreversible harm to the pristine environment that exists in Bristol Bay. It is thus critical that the EPA exercise its authority under the Clean Water Act and oppose the flawed Environmental Impact Statement. The Pebble Mine would put the livelihoods, cultures, and economy of Native Tribes and Bristol Bay communities at grave risk and we urge you to fulfill your mission to protect human health and the environment.” …

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