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  • DelBene Calls for Protection of Endangered Species
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    BOTHELL – On Earth Day, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) called for the conservation and protection of wildlife during a panel discussion to highlight the need to end poaching and address the effects of climate change on animal health. “Threatened or endangered species face so many manmade risks – we should be much better stewards of our planet,” DelBene said. “Earth Day is an important opportunity to highlight environmental and conservation efforts because preserving nature and protecting wi... Read more

  • Every Kid in a Park
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Dear Friend, As a part of the National Park Weekcelebration, today is Every Kid in a Park Day of Action! Every Kid in a Park is an initiative aimed at giving all 4th graders the opportunity to explore some of our nation’s greatest natural treasures. If you have a fourth-grader, you can get them an Every Kid in a Park pass for free access to national parks, forests and more at www.everykidinapark.gov. As someone who loves hiking, I know how exciting and formative it can be to experience the great... Read more

  • DelBene Stands Up for Hikers of Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Immigration

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske requesting he allow hikers to cross into the United States from Canada along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT). “Unfortunately, hikers seeking to traverse the PCT from its northern most point on the Canadian side of the border are unable to legally do so because there is not currently a U.S. Port of Entry there,” DelBene wrote. “We ask for your swift attention i... Read more

  • Protecting Our Oceans and Sea Animals
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Energy

    Dear Friend, Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Seattle Aquarium to discuss why it’s so important to protect our oceans. The Aquarium uses water from the Puget Sound and helps rehabilitate animals affected by oil spills, which are a significant threat to sea otter populations. Climate change is a serious threat to our way of life, our economy and our children – not to mention these wonderful animals. We should not risk the habitats and the environment along the West Coast by drilling ... Read more

  • DelBene: We Must Not Risk Damaging Oil Spills Along West Coast
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Energy

    SEATTLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today called for a ban on offshore drilling along the West Coast while visiting the Seattle Aquarium, where animals affected by oil spills are rehabilitated. “Our country should be transitioning to clean and carbon-free energy sources, not taking on the risk of environmentally and ecologically damaging oil spills in the Puget Sound,” DelBene said. “The beautiful environment that surrounds us is what makes living in the Pacific Northwest so special, a... Read more

  • Editorial: Two paths after the Oso landslide
    Posted in In the News on March 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Two years have now passed since a landslide cut through the Stillaguamish Valley's Steelhead Haven neighborhood near Oso, buried the highway connecting Darrington and Arlington, destroyed scores of homes and killed 43 people. Since March 22, 2014, two paths of response have emerged: One addresses the efforts of recovery to aid the slide's immediate victims but also to rebuild and strengthen the communities throughout the valley. The other examines the geologic causes of landslides and seeks a de... Read more

  • Forum addresses region's natural hazards
    Posted in In the News on March 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    MOUNT VERNON — U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., held a forum Friday at Skagit Valley College to discuss the region’s natural hazards with local officials and first responders. The forum discussing hazards such as landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions was part of a series called “Community Preparedness & Resiliency: Planning Today for a Safer Tomorrow.” “This is really something that’s important to all of us. The beauty of this region comes with a price. It’s a very active region,” U.S... Read more

  • Reps. DelBene, Schiff, and 39 Members Urge Increased Funding to Construct Earthquake Early Warning System
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Today, Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) were joined by 39 colleagues in Congress – primarily from California, Washington, and Oregon – in sending a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to increase federal funding level to $16.1 million in the Fiscal Year 2016 to fully build and maintain an earthquake early warning system on the West Coast. Members are requesting $16.1 million in funding. It is estimated that a full system of sensors will cost $38.2 million to buil... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Landslide Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced a bill to boost national landslide programs and ensure the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and communities have the latest in mapping technology. “In the wake of the tragic Oso landslide, we learned many lessons, including that lawmakers need to do more to ensure we fund resources and research efforts to prevent future natural disasters from becoming national tragedies,” DelBene said. “Every state in the country faces some amount of landslide r... Read more

  • It's Time to Build a Green Economy
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Without a doubt, climate change is a serious threat to our way of life, our economy, our children and the future of our planet. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2015 was the warmest year on record. Now, more than ever, is the time to act. One way I’m fighting to combat the effects of climate change is through efforts to encourage innovation and growth in the clean energy economy. Las... Read more