From an early age when Zoe spent time with her family outdoors in California's many parks and natural places, she developed the belief that we all have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. Throughout her public service, Zoe has worked to protect the environment and strived to ensure we have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.
Zoe has also long believed that protecting the environment and growing the economy are not mutually exclusive. Indeed, Zoe believes American "know how" and innovation will lead the way in addressing the challenges we face from climate change. With this in mind, the efforts of Silicon Valley innovators and engineers will continue to play a key role in pioneering the new technologies that will help protect our environment.
To that end, Zoe is committed to working with her colleagues in Congress to find solutions ensuring a clean and healthy environment capable of nurturing and supporting our families and future generations.
Climate change is the most serious environmental issue facing our nation and our planet. Today we see the negative impacts of climate change as heat-trapping emissions increase global temperatures, melt once permanent ice caps and glaciers, and raise our sea levels leading to greater threats from erratic weather. The pace of climate change threatens habitats and food production as well as public health .Zoe has supported policies which have taken important steps to reduce harmful emissions that pollute our air and water and contribute to climate change. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), she supported the largest clean energy investment in American history which has helped our country nearly double our renewable power generation since 2008.
Reducing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Zoe has supported efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiency standards for cars, trucks, and buildings. By increasing efficiency, we can reduce overall consumption and slow emissions that lead to climate change.
Saying No to Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling
Zoe strongly opposes new proposals to permit offshore drilling anywhere off the California coast and has fought efforts to weaken the moratorium that protects our coastal and marine treasures. As Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, she took a lead role in opposing recent attempts to allow offshore drilling along California's coastline.
Promoting California Agriculture
Across the world, California is known for its agricultural heritage and is the largest producer of agricultural products in our country. Santa Clara County was once known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight" and agriculture still plays an important role in the 19th Congressional District.
Zoe has supported policies that help our local farmers produce a wide variety of specialty crops and serve as models of conservation.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to give all Americans the opportunity to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds and empower regular people to do their part in building our country’s clean energy future.
For generations, hikers, bicyclists and motorists looking for a sweeping view have ventured up the Bay Area’s most distinctive and popular peaks.