Natural Resources & Wildlife
Representative Waxman has long fought for the strongest possible environmental protections for our public lands and wilderness. He is strongly opposed to oil and gas drilling that could harm federal lands, particularly in areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), our national monuments, our coastlines and other ecologically sensitive areas. In the 112th Congress Representative Waxman has cosponsored a number of bills to preserve our open spaces and protect endangered wildlife.
- H.R. 139, the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act, would provide permanent protection for more than 1.5 million acres of the coastal plain of ANWR.
- H.R.501 would implement the recommendations of the BP Oil Spill Commission to protect against catastrophic oil spills in the future.
- H.R.612, the West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2011, would ban offshore oil drilling in federal waters off of the West Coast.
- H.R.1171, the Marine Debris Act Reauthorization Amendments of 2011, would reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, which supports national and international efforts to research, prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris.
- H.R.1916, the America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2011, would protect federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts.
- H.R.2657, the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, would prohibit the use of body-gripping traps on public lands in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
- H.R.3465, the National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act, would reserve 58.5 million acres of wild forests from new road construction.