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."


More on Environment & Animal Welfare

February 5, 2018 Press Release

LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) joined local lawmakers and environmental groups to express their opposition to offshore drilling in the Pacific Ocean. The event, which was hosted at the Santa Monica Pier by Sen. Ben Allen, featured a broad coalition of local leaders committed to keeping coastal ecosystems safe. Federal officials in attendance included Congresswomen Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA).


February 2, 2018 Opinion: Op-Eds

I went into the State of the Union address trying to keep an open mind. President Donald Trump spent the first year of his presidency spewing hateful ideas and promoting policies harmful to our democratic institutions and Americans. Still, I had hoped the president would take steps to unify our increasingly fractured nation. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, California Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) led a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke opposing the Administration’s offshore drilling plan. The letter, which is signed by 36 Members of the California delegation, urges Sec. Zinke to remove California and other states from the plan citing his department’s rationale in exempting Florida.

January 12, 2018 Opinion: Op-Eds

Zinke exempted Florida out of concern for its coastal economy. What about drilling in other states? This arbitrary decision-making will never stand up in court.

January 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in response to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's decision to exclude Florida from its offshore drilling plan.

January 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its plan to expand offshore drilling in the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Arctic waters.The plan proposes enabling offshore drilling in 47 areas along the coasts of the U.S. including Southern California. 

December 18, 2017 Press Release

Washington – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) received a “Congressional Waste Warrior” award from the White Coat Waste Project. The award recognizes Congressman Lieu’s leadership in the 115th Congress to end inhumane dog experiments in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.

December 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) led a group of 78 Members calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to invest in resilient energy infrastructure during Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The Members urged FEMA to invest in renewable energy technology in hard hit areas like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where outdated electrical grids have hindered expedited rebuilding efforts.

In the letter, the Members write:

October 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan. 


August 18, 2017 Press Release


WASHINGTOn - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-San Pedro), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) are urging Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to protect the Pacific Ocean from dangerous activities by the oil and gas industry. In a letter cosigned by 36 of their colleagues, the members say Zinke should exclude all new Pacific Ocean lease sales from any future offshore drilling plan.