Interview of the Week: Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49)

This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Congressman Mike Levin of California’s 49th congressional district. During a week in which President Biden announced the nation’s boldest climate agenda to date, it was especially opportune to speak with the Congressman who worked as a cleantech entrepreneur before running for office. We asked him where he sees opportunities for Congress to work with the Biden administration, how military bases–like Camp Pendleton in his district–can become hubs for renewable energy, and the climate benefits of protecting nature.

It’s also worth noting that Rep. Levin’s district is a recent red-to-blue and he’s been able to win reelection while also championing a bold climate agenda. When we asked him how he connects with Republicans on issues of climate he told us that,

“I’ve tried my best to meet my colleagues where they are and to talk about the economic benefits of climate action and to remind them that the economic consequences of doing nothing are worse than whatever cost there is to taking action.” 

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