Brian Schatz has quickly emerged as a prominent environmental leader in the U.S. Senate. He is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Chair of the Subcommittee on Power and Water, and he has drafted legislation that would put a price on carbon pollution. Schatz is a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force and led “Up4Climate,” the all night Senate session in March 2014, in which 31 Senators spoke about the urgency of climate action. On LCV’s 2013 National Environmental Scorecard, his first full year in office, Schatz received a perfect score of 100%.
Prior to his time in the Senate, Schatz served as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii and as a State Representative where he was a strong advocate for clean energy. Schatz led efforts in the state to set ambitious targets for renewable energy usage and to promote residential solar installations.
Brian Schatz was first appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2012, following the death of Senator Daniel Inouye, who received a lifetime score of 57% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In his own words:
"I believe that it is my responsibility as an elected official to ensure that America's future generations inherit a planet in which the air and water are cleaner, fossil fuels play a reduced role, climate change is no longer a threat, and clean energy jobs are integral to America’s economy. As the Senator from Hawaii, I will continue to fight tirelessly for legislation that will accomplish these goals in Hawaii and across the nation."