Interview of the Week: Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)

This week we sat down with Congressman Ted Lieu who represents California’s 33rd Congressional district. His district also happens to be one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in the nation where wildfires, extreme heat, and sea-level rise are creating conditions that necessitate comprehensive climate action from the federal government.

More specifically, the Congressman told us that the American Jobs Plan will offer the type of support his district needs to meet the climate challenges of the coming decades:

 

I’m thrilled that President Biden has championed the American Jobs Plan, that’s going to be a transformative law that’s going to create lots of jobs across America. When we look at how it’s going to be allocated across [Congressional] districts, it’s going to be based on the needs of each district. My district has some of the worst traffic gridlock in the nation, we have roads and highways we need repaired, we also have rising sea levels which means there are a lot of benefits my district can have from the American Jobs Plan.”

Check out the full interview to learn more about why Congressman Lieu has been pushing for a Clean Electricity Standard for over two years and if he thinks bipartisan climate action is actually feasible.

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