Energy & Environment

As Co-Chair of the Land Conservation Caucus, Co-Chair of the Wildlife Refuge Caucus and a lifelong outdoorsman, preserving America’s natural heritage has always been a priority of mine. That’s why I strongly support investing in land conservation, acting to prevent climate change and transitioning to a clean energy economy.

Land Conservation
Land conservation is an investment in our future and I’ve fought long and hard to preserve our green spaces for younger generations. For example, in 2015, President Obama created Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument by executive order based on legislation I introduced in Congress. This monument permanently protects wildlife habitat, rare plants and precious water resources on more than 330,780 acres of incredible public lands.

In addition, in February 2019, I voted to pass the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. This package of more than 100 bills strengthens and expands federal conservation efforts. Three of my bills were included: (1) a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, (2) legislation to provide greater access to hunting, fishing and other recreational activities on public lands and (3) legislation to establish a program for innovative approaches to conservation, invasive species control and issues related to poaching and wildlife trafficking. I was pleased the bill became law in March 2019.

Please know I’m working hard to advance additional natural resource bills I introduced this Congress. These pieces of legislation would restore critical wetland habitats, protect our National Wildlife Refuge System and give outdoorsmen and women more access to public lands.

Climate Change
Climate change is the gravest threat we face today. Unfortunately, the current Administration has abdicated American leadership on this issue. The President has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, repealed bedrock environmental regulations and continued to deny the scientific consensus that climate change is real and human-made. This President’s reckless decisions will leave our children and grandchildren a dramatically warmer, more unstable planet. That’s why I voted for legislation to require the Administration to draw up a plan to reduce emissions and why I support market-based solutions to regulating carbon emissions.

Clean Energy
Clean, renewable energy—such as solar or wind—is good for our district, our country and our world. Clean energy sources generate power without emitting the greenhouse gases that lead to climate change, help make our grid more resilient to disruption and provide millions of people with well-paying, middle class jobs. As costs continue to plummet, clean energy will become a major driver of our 21st century economy.

In February 2019, I signed on as an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal. This resolution is a bold and aspirational statement about the urgency of transitioning to a clean energy economy. As a start to making good on this commitment, I’ve authored legislation to green our tax code by providing a 5-year extension of the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit and the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. These incentives will help speed up development and deployment of cost competitive renewable energy alternatives.

Please know I will continue fighting to protect our natural resources so that we leave our children and grandchildren a clean environment and sustainable economy.

More on Energy & Environment

Jul 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) lauded the House passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill he coauthored and voted to pass that makes significant investments in the conservation of public lands, including fully and permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thompson spoke on the House floor in favor of this bill.

Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which is the House’s signature comprehensive transportation and infrastructure package. The legislation includes two of Thompson’s bills, the GREEN Act and the Catastrophe Loss Mitigation Incentive and Tax Parity Act. A statement from Thompson is below.

Jun 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and 47 Members of Congress announced the introduction of Thompson’s Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act. This legislation, the principles of which were first unveiled last November, works to tackle the threat of climate change through the tax code.

Apr 6, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) applauded the decision to temporarily close public facilities, including campgrounds and boat launches, at Lake Berryessa to help flatten the curve and help stop the spread of Coronavirus. Thompson had previously written to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) asking them to take this step to help keep visitors and residents safe.

Nov 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Committee Democrats released a discussion draft of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act. This draft legislation is a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change by using the tax code to extend and expand renewable energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Jul 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) announced the introduction of the Renewable Energy Extension Act, a bipartisan bill to extend the energy investment tax credit (ITC) for five years to promote clean energy investment. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

Jun 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), along with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the introduction of the Refuge System Protection Act. This bipartisan and bicameral bill gives the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) the authority to collect civil damages to repair damaged property and resources on wildlife refuges.

Jun 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, and Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS), along with Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced the introduction of the Financing Our Future Energy Act. This bipartisan and bicameral bill gives renewable energy projects access to master limited partnerships (MLP), a tax advantage currently only available to oil, gas, and coal projects.

May 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) discussed the impacts of climate change on his district and methods to combat the crisis through the tax code, including increasing incentives for renewable energy sources.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted in favor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. This bill makes certain the United States meets the standards outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement and requires the Administration to take further steps to meet pollution reduction goals. Thompson released the following statement after his vote in favor of this legislation.