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. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the Disaster Relief for Farm Workers Act to provide compensation for farm workers who lose out on work and pay due to extreme weather, public health emergencies, and...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced legislation to expand access to nature for Americans, improve the visitor reservation process and experience on federal lands, including national parks, and enhance fee transparency. The Review and Evaluation of...
COSTA MESA, CA — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, delivered the keynote address at the 2024 Water Infrastructure Networking Summit (WINS) alongside water leaders...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the Disaster Relief for Farm Workers Act to provide compensation for farm workers who lose out on work and pay due to extreme weather, public health emergencies, and...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced legislation to expand access to nature for Americans, improve the visitor reservation process and experience on federal lands, including national parks, and enhance fee transparency. The Review and Evaluation of...
COSTA MESA, CA — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, delivered the keynote address at the 2024 Water Infrastructure Networking Summit (WINS) alongside water leaders...
BROOKS, CA — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Representative Mike Thompson (D-Calif.-04), the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning, and community leaders celebrated President Biden’s recent expansion of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler (both D-Calif.) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded over $91.2 million to 47 California schools and school districts to replace 380 existing school buses — the...
LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, and Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.-31) and Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.-44) joined the Bureau of Reclamation to announce...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both commissioners on the National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology (NSCEB), introduced a bipartisan package of bills focused on protecting America’s food security and agricultural supply chains, which...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) advanced several top water infrastructure priorities for Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the EPW Subcommittee on Water, Fisheries, and Wildlife. The Thomas R. Carper Water Resources...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, joined San Joaquin Valley water authorities and officials from the Department of the Interior to celebrate the signing...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler (both D-Calif.), along with Representative Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.-25), announced legislation to rename the Cottonwood Visitor Center at Joshua Tree National Park as the Senator Dianne Feinstein Visitor Center. The...
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