Environment & Animal Welfare

"In California, I was honored to coauthor AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.  But it’s clear to me that to solve climate change, we need America to do what California has done, and then for America to get other countries to do what California has done.  That’s why my first piece of legislation in Congress was the Climate Solutions Act of 2015: a bold, innovative plan to energize investment in green energy technology, set strong renewable energy standards and slash the carbon pollution that is damaging our planet."


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September 13, 2016 Opinion: Op-Eds


The recovery has just begun in Louisiana as thousands attempt to pick up the pieces from the historic flooding.

It’s the latest, but certainly not the last example of extreme weather events that will increase in frequency and severity due to climate change.

When I watch the news and see homes and businesses wrecked, an angry thought comes to mind. The fossil fuel industry saw it all coming.

September 7, 2016 In The News

Last fall, ExxonMobil executives hurried along the hushed, art-filled halls of the company’s Irving, Texas, headquarters, a 178-acre suburban complex some employees facetiously call “the Death Star,” to a series of emergency strategy meetings. The world’s largest oil explorer by market value had been hit by a pair of multipart investigations by InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times. Both reported that as early as the 1970s, the company understood more about climate change than it had let on and had deliberately misled the public about it.

August 25, 2016 Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the National Park Service’s Centennial.

July 22, 2016 Press Release


Washington - Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) finished first among Freshman Democrats in the 2016 Member Online All-Star Competition.  As a result, Mr. Lieu was awarded the title of 2016 Freshman MVP.  The annual Member social media contest is hosted by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

July 21, 2016 In The News

A leading South Bay lawmaker and critic of safety at the former ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance has renewed his criticism of a regulatory study aimed at discovering whether a commercially viable alternative to the use of highly toxic hydrofluoric acid exists.

In his second letter in the past three months to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which is conducting the study, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Manhattan Beach, accused the agency of failing to look at whether the use of the potentially deadly acid with a 10 percent additive is safe.

July 13, 2016 In The News

In April, we reported that the board of the 62,000-member American Geophysical Union (AGU) had decided to “Sell Its Scientific Integrity For $35,000 In ExxonMobil Money.” But as evidence continues to spill showing that the oil giant is still funding climate science denial nearly a decade after it said it would stop, the board of this leading group of climate scientists will apparently take another look in September at the decision to take Exxon money.

July 13, 2016 In The News

WASHINGTON ― Before national attention turns to the political party conventions, a group of Senate Democrats took to the floor this week to confront the “many-headed dragon” of climate change denial.

The effort, which began Monday, is meant to call out more than 30 different organizations that are “either co-opted or created by the fossil fuel industry in order to propagate climate [change] denial while obscuring the true hand of the fossil fuel industry in their efforts,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who is leading the effort, told The Huffington Post. 

July 12, 2016 In The News

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Exxon Mobil  (XOM)  is under fire after aSenate resolution was introduced yesterday accusing the company of misleading the public.

The resolution, brought by 19 democratic senators, accuses fossil fuel companies of leading "misinformation campaigns" to deliberately mislead the public about climate change to "protect their financial interest."

The senators gave Exxon flack for creating a "web of denial" surrounding climate change issues.

Rep. Ted Lieu of California said in a statement that the company should be "condemned and investigated."

July 12, 2016 In The News

Two Democrats introduced a resolution Monday disapproving of companies that “deliberately mislead the public” about climate change science, an attack on oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp., which has been accused of doing just that.  In a joint resolution offered by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep.

July 12, 2016 In The News

• Resolution disapproves of efforts to “deliberately cast doubt on science” on climate change

• 19 senators will speak on the floor about the issue before Congress leaves for summer recess

July 11 (BNA) -- Congressional Democrats will dedicate much of their time in the week before lawmakers leave for a seven-week summer break to drawing attention to how the fossil fuel industry, in their view, orchestrated and funded a complex effort to cast doubt on the scientific consensus surrounding climate change.