Democracy Awards

Energy & Environment

Summary of Position

As a former member of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Mark is a proud champion of policies that protect the environment and address climate change. He is a firm believer that strong and forward-looking energy and environmental policy is not the enemy of economic growth, but a key driver of growth, innovation, and competitiveness. Moreover, rigorous environmental enforcement and oversight is necessary to ensure proper protections of the health and well-being of all Californians.

By the Numbers

  • California had more than 519,000 jobs in clean energy in 2017, with Contra Costa in the state’s top ten counties for clean energy jobs.
  • In 2015, 30 California cities had 6 percent to 18 percent electric vehicle share of new vehicle sales—8 to 25 times the U.S. average.
  • Rolling back current fuel economy standards, would cost the United States $450 billion by 2050.

Things to Know

  • Member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and the Safe Climate Caucus
  • Earned a 100% on the League of Conservation Voters 2017 Scorecard
  • Led a coalition of 60 Democratic Members in introducing a resolution (H.Con.Res 130) to condemn Trump Administration’s rollback of fuel economy standards and California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act
  • Crafted policies to assist with the implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act, the first program in the country to take a comprehensive approach to addressing climate change, as a California State Legislator

Working for You

Expanding the John Muir National Historic Site
To improve access to parks and their scenic trails, Mark introduced the John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (H.R. 1289)—a bill that will allow the Martinez, California Park to add 44 acres of donated land to improve park access and preserve this land for generations to come.

Combatting Anti-Environment Actions
Mark is active in opposing the backward-looking policies of the Trump Administration, whose misguided actions fly in the face of peer-reviewed science. He strongly opposed the Administration’s decision to weaken existing fuel efficiency and emissions standards for motor vehicles by calling on public pension funds to divest from car companies that follow suit.

Supporting Workers and Public Health
Mark introduced bipartisan legislation to help zero emission, electric trucks compete alongside traditional diesel trucks (H.R. 4421). He is also promoting legislation to prevent against future oil spills by strengthening protections for whistleblowers on offshore oil and gas facilities (H.R. 4304), and he cosponsors the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act (H.R. 4889), a bill to establish a cap and trade system for carbon emissions.

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