Energy and the Environment

Congresswoman Porter knows that climate action will protect our community and strengthen our local economy.

Californians know that environmental protection cannot wait. We’re already experiencing record-breaking wildfires that have destroyed homes, taken lives, and devastated families. Congresswoman Porter has heard directly from our community about the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis. She hosted a town hall to talk about the work that still needs to be done to protect our environment. 

As Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Congresswoman Porter is making polluters answer to Orange County families. After an oil leak off the coast of Huntington Beach threatened our waters, she demanded accountability. Congresswoman Porter held a Congressional hearing in Irvine, giving Orange County families an opportunity to speak directly with lawmakers and get information about the oil leak. She also introduced legislation, the Ending Taxpayer Welfare for Oil and Gas Companies Act, to recover billions in taxpayer dollars from fossil fuel companies by updating outdated rental and royalty rates. The bill would crack down on pollution by closing loopholes that the fossil fuel industry exploits to profit off our public lands. 

It is critical that we act to preserve our public lands and waters. That’s why Congresswoman Porter has backed bipartisan legislation that would ban new drilling on the California coastline. Reckless oil drilling contaminates our pristine beaches and jeopardizes our local economy. Congresswoman Porter has fought to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for cleaning up after they drill, in addition to advocating for a future powered by clean energy.

Congresswoman Porter is taking action to accelerate our transition to clean energy and make the United States a leading green economy. She is a proud member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, which advocates for policies that promote renewable energy, address climate change, and create good green jobs. She has introduced the Hydrogen for Ports Act and the Hydrogen for Trucking Act, which would help cut down on fossil fuel use in energy-intensive sectors. These bipartisan bills provide federal support for a key emissions-free emerging technology. 

Congresswoman Porter believes that our national parks and public lands should be accessible to all. That’s why she has led the fight to increase funding for the Every Kid Outdoors program. This program offers 4th graders and their families the unique opportunity to enjoy our national parks for free, and she is proud that the House passed her proposal to continue supporting this important initiative. She also held a hearing to ensure equitable access to outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities and veterans.