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Congressman Raul Ruiz

Representing the 36th District of California

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

May 14, 2014 Press Release
PALM SPRINGS, CA – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), joined by experts in the renewable energy industry, announced the Renewable Energy Job Act (H.R. 4648).
April 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement after voting against the FY 2015 Ryan Budget.
March 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY 2015 Budget proposal.
March 4, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY 2015 Budget proposal.
January 15, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) released the following statement on the House vote for passage of the bipartisan appropriations agreement that funds the government for FY 2014.
January 6, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – As Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) concludes his first year in Congress, he has worked with members of both parties on behalf of small businesses, middle class families, veterans, students, and seniors across the Coachella Valley.
December 11, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) and other lawmakers met with Department of Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz to discuss renewable energy production.
October 23, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8), Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-3), and Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2) introduced bipartisan legislation that would authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to proactively coordina
August 16, 2013 Press Release

 

Washington, DC --- Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), joined by U.S. Representatives Jon Runyan (R-NJ) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sent a bipartisan letter signed by 60 Democratic and Republican members to the House Committee on Ways and Means advocating for renewable energy in tax reform. The letter is endorsed by the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Geothermal Energy Association.

April 15, 2013 Press Release
Washington, DC – Last Friday marked the first 100 days in Congress for Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert). Since being sworn into office on January 3, 2013, Dr. Ruiz has:

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