Interview of the Week: Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)

This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) to ask her about her new role as Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The Subcommittee is responsible for holding polluters accountable and rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in areas pertaining to the climate crisis, public lands, wildfire management, and tribal affairs.

We also had a chance to ask the Congresswoman what personally inspires her to fight for our planet and about the famous whiteboards she uses in questioning witnesses in Congressional hearings. As she explained,

I was a professor and you’ll ask a question and the students will often say, ‘uh can you repeat that?’ And Congressional witnesses, CEOs, they know the same bag of tricks: when you ask them ‘what are you going to do about your emissions?’ [they respond with] ‘uh can you repeat that?’ So the whiteboard can be a tool to help make sure we’re all talking about the same thing.”

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