Diana DeGette is a U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 1st District. DeGette is serving her 11th term and was first elected in 1996. She led efforts to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and voted to protect sage grouse habitat. She has criticized President Trump’s effort to scale back national monuments and remove limits on methane pollution.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
U.S. Congressional Representative Diana DeGette Led Efforts to Permanently Re-authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
DeGette Cosponsored Bill to Permanently Authorize LWCF. DeGette is a cosponsor of HR 502 to permanently reauthorize the LWCF. [H.R. 502, Congress.gov, accessed 10/15/18]
U.S. Congressional Representative Diana DeGette Supports Sage Grouse Habitat Protections.
DeGette Voted to Preserve Sage Grouse Conservation Plans. During consideration of the Interior and Environmental Appropriations bill in 2016, the House of Representatives voted on an amendment sponsored by Rep. Niki Tsongas that would protect plans to conserve the threatened sage grouse’s habitat across the western United States. On July 14, 2016 the House rejected the Tsongas amendment by a vote of 184-241 (House roll call vote 474). DeGette voted yes on the amendment to preserve sage grouse conservation plans. [2016 Scorecard Vote Sage Grouse Conservation, League of Conservation Voters, accessed 10/15/18, FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 474, Office of the Clerk-House of Representatives, accessed 10/16/18]
U.S. Congressional Representative Diana DeGette Criticized Trump’s Monument Reductions.
DeGette Called Trump’s Monument Actions A Raid of “Public Lands for Private Gain.” Elected officials from Colorado responded to Trump’s move to scale back two national monuments in Utah. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, called Trump’s move a raid of ‘public lands for private gain,’ while Congressman Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, said it was an unprecedented attack. ‘He has already come after our national parks. Now it’s #BearsEars and #GrandStaircaseEscalante. Where will it end?’ DeGette tweeted.” [Jesse Paul, “Colorado Democrats criticize Trump’s Utah monuments decision as a threat to public lands elsewhere” Denver Post, 12/04/17]
U.S. Congressional Representative Diana DeGette Supports Limits on Methane Pollution.
DeGette Tweeted about Protecting the Methane Rule. “From day one, @POTUS has worked to sell our public lands to the highest bidder. Not on our watch. I led 105 of my colleagues in a letter to @SecretaryZinke demanding @BLMNational end efforts to reverse the 2016 Methane Waste Prevention rule. #CutMethane” [Tweet by Diana DeGette, 04/18/18, accessed 10/16/18]
DeGette Wrote a Letter Opposing the Reversal of Methane Rule. “106 House and Senate members led by Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) are working to halt the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on public lands and environmental protection. They sent a letter today to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to reverse the 2016 Methane Waste Prevention rule, an Obama-era regulation limiting the harmful venting and flaring of methane from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands. ‘Every year an estimated $2 billion dollars’ worth of natural gas is wasted by the oil and gas industry nationwide, with $330 million of that being drawn from public or Tribal lands,’ the legislators wrote. ‘Weakening the rule or returning to the status quo ante would be a giveaway to the oil and gas extraction industry at the expense of the American taxpayer. BLM’s own analysis of the proposed rescission estimates that an additional 1.8 million tons of methane, 2.67 million tons of other volatile organic compounds and 20,030 tons of hazardous air pollutants would be released over 10 years. These compounds, once released, will react with nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere and form ozone and smog. The negative impact on public health and the environment of these increased emissions would be enormous.’” [Press Release, U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, 04/19/18]