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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Energy & the Environment

California's 37th Congressional District is home to beautiful natural landscapes that we must preserve for future generations.

Congressmember Karen Bass understands that protecting the environment is a critical part of protecting the health of all Americans.  Clean air and water and the preservation of natural resources are issues of utmost concern to protect both Americans today and of future generations.  Combating climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing both our nation and the entire international community. 

In order to address these issues, Congressmember Bass is committed to investing in new technology and renewable resources that meet America’s increasing energy needs and protect both the environment and national security.  Representative Bass believes that investing in cleaner, more cost-effective energy will reduce the effects of global warming, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create clean energy jobs here in America. 

Key Environmental Initiatives & Accomplishments

Congressmember Karen Bass is committed to advancing legislation that protects the environment, preserves our natural resources, and provides safe and humane conditions for animals. In fact, as highlighted by the League of Conservation Voters scorecard, Representative Bass has one of the strongest environmental voting records of any Member of the Congress.

Bass Legislation

·Co-sponsored Legislation

  • H.R.1154: BREATHE Act
  • H.R.1351: Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013
  • H.R.627: National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
  • H.R.139: Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act
  • H.R.1175: Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2013
  • H.R.1921: Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2013
  • H.R. 1998: Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act
  • H.R. 847: Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act

Environmental Issues in California’s 37th District

California’s 37th District includes a number of environmental treasures as well as a very sizable constituency of environmental activists.  Representative Bass is committed to continuing to amplify the voice of her constituents and prioritize the environment in Congress.

Local environmental priorities include:

For more information concerning my work and views on energy and the environment, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback.

More on Energy & the Environment

January 28, 2017 Event

Climate change amplifies existing health threats, such as heart attacks, asthma, and other respiratory diseases, and it disproportionately impacts low-income and minority communities.

The results of the election do not change the urgent need for climate action. With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under threat, and an incoming administration that denies the clear science, citizen engagement is more important than ever.

January 24, 2017 Press Release

“President Trump's two executive actions today to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines clearly show his lack of commitment to ensuring clean air and water for Americans and his complete disrespect for sacred native sites.  
"This move not only affects the current pipelines, it also sets a dangerous precedent in which this new administration puts the expansion of energy infrastructure over the beneficial environmental policies set by the Obama administration.

December 7, 2016 Press Release

"I strongly support the thousands of Standing Rock Sioux tribe and Native American activists at the Standing Rock water protector camps who have vowed to remain steadfast in their protests to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and secure their only source of clean water, and sacred burial grounds.

January 9, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement after voting against legislation that would force the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
April 25, 2014 Press Release
Congresswoman Karen Bass issued the statement below regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) consent order requiring AllenCo Energy Inc. to make improvements at its oil and gas pumping facility in University Park.
February 28, 2014 Video
More than half of the people of in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. The Electrify Africa Act of 2013 aims to address this problem by bringing electricity access to millions of Africans.
January 15, 2014 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency finding that the South Los Angeles AllenCo site is violating federal law.
October 15, 2013 Press Release
Congressmember Karen Bass released this statement in reaction to recent reports of illness linked to oil drilling in the University Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.
July 10, 2013 Press Release
Congresswoman Karen Bass offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 (H.R. 2609) that called for no federal funds to be used to implement, administer or enforce fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field for the coming fiscal year.