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As the Representative for one of America’s most beautiful regions, I know that Earth Day has a special meaning on the Central Coast.
One of the ways I commemorated this Earth Day was by holding office hours in the Public Square at Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival.
The event was a big success thanks to the many organizers, sponsors, and volunteers that came together to celebrate this special day as a community.
Meeting with so many young people, parents, small business owners, teachers, and activists gave me a chance to update them on my work in Congress to protect our environment and advance clean energy policies and, more importantly, to get their input on these important issues.
We’ve come a long way in the past 42 years. Our oceans, rivers, and lakes are cleaner, and our parks and open spaces are more spacious than ever. Yet much remains to be done. We need to recommit ourselves to building on the Obama Administration’s recent efforts that set standards to clean up mercury pollution from dirty power plants, save families money at the pump by requiring cars to go farther on a gallon of gasoline, and use more renewable energy to create jobs and grow our economy.
As we commemorate Earth Day, I want to take this opportunity to underscore my commitment to protecting our environment and reassure you that I will continue to oppose the direction of the most anti-environment House of Representatives in history.
I’m very proud to represent the birthplace of the environmental movement and work hard to bring our sense of urgency on environmental protections issues to our nation’s capital.
Thank you for the opportunity to share this update with you. As always, please feel free to pass it along to family and friends.
MEMBER OF CONGRESS