The Environment

Senator Feinstein has a long history as a champion for the environment and a staunch supporter of programs to fight global warming.

Battling global warming

  • Increasing fuel economy: In 2007, a bill authored by Senators Feinstein, Snowe, Inouye and Stevens was signed into law to increase average fuel economy standards for America’s fleet of vehicles by at least 10 miles per gallon over 10 years by 2020, the largest increase in fuel efficiency in more than two decades. Because of this bill, average fleet fuel economy will climb to over 50 miles per gallon in the next two decades.

Protecting California’s environment

  • Protecting the California desert, 2016: President Obama, at Senator Feinstein’s request, used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate three new national monuments in the California desert: Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. The designations protect nearly 1.8 million acres of the California desert.
  • Northern California Wilderness, 2006: Senator Feinstein legislation permanently protected almost 300,000 acres and preserves over 21 miles of the Black Butte River in Northern California.
  • National Parks and Recreation, 2005: A Feinstein bill added 4,500 acres of pristine natural land to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and 25,500 acres to the Redwood National Park in Del Norte County.
  • San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds Restoration, 2003: Senator Feinstein helped negotiate the purchase of 16,500 acres of salt ponds from Cargill along the San Francisco Bay and Napa River—the largest such wetlands restoration project in California history—through an unprecedented public-private partnership.
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 2000: A Feinstein bill added nearly 1,300 acres of undeveloped land in Pacifica, Marin County and San Francisco to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, 2000: A Feinstein bill was enacted to authorize $300 million in federal funds over 10 years to match investments by California and Nevada and local authorities and help reverse the environmental emergency threatening the Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • Headwaters Forest Agreement, 1999: Senator Feinstein helped secure $250 million in federal funds (a match for state funding) to purchase the 7,500 acre Headwaters Forest, the largest privately held stand of uncut old-growth redwoods. The agreement also helped preserve 12 additional groves of ancient redwood trees.
  • Otay Mountain Wilderness Act, 1999: A Feinstein bill preserved 18,500 acres of the Otay Mountain region. The mountain area, located in eastern San Diego County, is home to 20 sensitive plant and animal species.
  • California Desert Protection Act, 1994: A Feinstein bill was signed into law that protected more than 7 million acres of pristine California desert—the largest such designation in the history of the continental United States—and established the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the East Mojave Natural Preserve.

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