Energy and Environment

Alex is determined to fight the existential threat of climate change. Having grown up in a low-income, heavily polluted neighborhood, he is dedicated to ensuring that every family has access to clean air and clean water. He served for six years as Chair of the California State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications, where he led the development of California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate policies that now serve as a model for the rest of the country. Alex’s environmental leadership has continued in the U.S. Senate. In addition to cosponsoring the Green New Deal, Alex introduced sweeping legislation to electrify our nation’s school buses and protect over one million acres of public lands in California, increasing access to nature and preserving California’s natural treasures for generations to come.

Alex understands the threat that increasingly frequent and catastrophic natural disasters and extreme weather events pose to California and the Western United States. That’s why he fought to secure millions of dollars in federal funding for flood control infrastructure to protect communities from catastrophic floods and rising sea levels. His bill the POWER ON Act was signed into law by President Biden to prevent utility outages caused by natural disasters like wildfires and other extreme weather events. And while California continues to face the threat of devastating wildfires, Alex led the successful passage of the FIRE Act, to modernize the way FEMA prepares for and responds to wildfires.

Recent News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, questioned witnesses on the Tijuana River pollution crisis during an EPW hearing on the Water Resources...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, introduced the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) Establishment Act, legislation that would establish a permanent, nationwide water...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, convened a joint hearing with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chair of the EPW Subcommittee on Chemical...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, questioned witnesses on the Tijuana River pollution crisis during an EPW hearing on the Water Resources...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, introduced the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) Establishment Act, legislation that would establish a permanent, nationwide water...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, convened a joint hearing with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chair of the EPW Subcommittee on Chemical...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, and Laphonza Butler (both D-Calif.) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded over $510 million to...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Representatives Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.-44), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.-10), and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.-07) led 22 lawmakers in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to accelerate the review and approval of all of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a member of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) called on Appropriations leadership to include $118 million for...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Representative Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.-24) led 22 California lawmakers in calling on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include robust, long-term funding for research on the harmful impacts of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler (both D-Calif.), along with U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.-19) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.-18), called for sustained federal investment in the Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project in a letter to...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) joined a group of lawmakers and advocates at a press conference to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the introduction of the Green New Deal. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced the Protect Innocent Victims Of Taxation After Fire Act to provide tax relief for wildfire survivors who have received compensation...
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