Energy and Environment

The 36th District is home to a rich diversity of natural resources and iconic public lands.  Our district is also leading the way in clean, renewable energy industries such as wind, solar, and geothermal. Investing in renewable energy is an important part of fulfilling our obligation as stewards of the environment, and it will also help create clean energy jobs in our communities and strengthen the local economy.

The United States needs a national energy policy that will help our nation achieve energy independence and create clean energy jobs right here at home. Advanced clean energy technology holds tremendous economic potential for the 36th District. We need a comprehensive national energy policy that will invest in clean energy and put us on the path to energy independence. This is an environmental, economic, and national security issue.

In Congress, I am a member of the bipartisan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency caucus. In addition, I have supported the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and worked to strengthen America’s energy independence through cooperative agreements between the private and public sector. In 2013, I joined 75 of my colleagues urging support for the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to spur innovation in renewable electricity generation, sustainable transportation, and energy and cost-saving technologies for businesses and homes.

One of the most important environmental issues facing the 36th District is the Salton Sea.  For far too long, the Salton Sea has posed immense health risks to the families and children in the 36th District and across Southern California.

As an Emergency Room doctor, I know the dangers that the dying Sea poses to our local communities, especially our young children. Pediatric asthma rates in our region are already among some of the highest in the nation, due in large part to the dust beds that form as the Salton Sea continues to dry up.

These health problems will only get worse unless we take aggressive steps to restore the Salton Sea. The consequences will be catastrophic if we fail to act. We must work together on the federal, state, and local level, and through public-private partnerships to prevent the Sea from becoming a public health catastrophe. I have been actively working with local stakeholders, the state of California, the President’s Administration, and my colleagues in Congress to take action on this issue and meet this crisis head on as a community. 

More on Energy and Environment

March 3, 2021 In The News

 Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., CA-36, is advocating for upgrades at Joshua Tree National Park, which hosts an average of more than three million visitors annually.

February 1, 2021 In The News

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received a $25 million authorization to support its desalination program through the recently passed Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that was signed into law in late December 2020. The recent WRDA passage increases Federal funding support for EMWD’s South Perris Desalination Program from $25 million to $50 million.

January 26, 2021 In The News

U.S. Reps. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and Juan Vargas, D-San Diego reintroduced a bill this week that is aimed at cleaning up the New River, a highly polluted waterway originating near Mexicali, Mexico that flows north, emptying into the Salton Sea. 

January 15, 2021 Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Rep.

January 5, 2021 In The News

The Eastern Municipal Water District will receive $25 million in federal funds over the next several years to expand its desalination program, increasing fresh water stocks and reducing dependence on water imports, the agency announced Tuesday.

The Perris-based EMWD was selected to receive the additional funding under the recently approved federal Water Resources Development Act, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be responsible for distributing the funds.

December 21, 2020 In The News

Red flags flutter outside the schools in Salton City when the air quality is dangerous. Dust billows across the desert, blanketing playgrounds and baseball diamonds, the swirling grit canceling recess and forcing students indoors. Visibility is so poor you can’t see down the block. Those days worry Miriam Juarez the most.

December 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 1811, the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) which contains a section authored by Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) to strengthen the federal, state, and local partnership at the Salton Sea. This provision was also included in an earlier version of WRDA passed in July of this year.  

November 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. announced the release of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report titled: EPA Grants to Tribes: Additional Actions Needed to Effectively Address Tribal Environmental Concerns. The report, which was requested by Dr. Ruiz, highlights the Tribal EPA programs run by several tribes located in Riverside County, including the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

November 19, 2020 In The News

Southern California Democrats Rep. Raul Ruiz and Rep. Juan Vargas introduced a new bill on Thursday that would force the federal government to take a more active role in funding and managing Salton Sea habitat restoration and dust suppression.

November 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) introduced H.R. 8775, the Salton Sea Public Health and Environmental Protection Act with Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51).

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