Florida's environment is known world-wide for our vibrant Everglades, rich fisheries, and pristine beaches. The environment is an enormous factor of our economy, and contributes directly to the livlihood of millions of Floridians. In the 115th Congress, Congressman Gaetz joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, which explores solutions to environmental issues such as climate change and global warming. Congressman Gaetz is commited to seeking creative solutions to protecting our environment without inviting the federal government to impose burdonsome regulations on our citizens. 

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November 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, US Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture’s announcement that Florida will receive $380 million in block grants for timber losses:

October 10, 2019 In The News

If you listen closely, you can hear a 16-year-old girl's cry for help. "How dare you!"

Her young voice echoes hauntingly through the air as it falls on the ears of those crazy enough to clog up intersections in Washington, D.C., and cities across the world.

Those in the room last week at the United Nations listening to her desperate cry for help applauded. What else can they do? They clap because it looks like they care. They applaud something they say they believe, but will never act on.


October 7, 2019 In The News

The Florida Power & Light solar facility is seen in Arcadia.

 [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times]

October 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), U.S. Representative Scott Peters (CA-52), and U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-1), on Friday wrote in strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to modify the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), an Obama administration regulation to limit methane emissions from new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and gas sector.

October 2, 2019 Video

Each year, millions of tourists travel to Florida to visit our state’s incredible beaches, waterways and fisheries. The effects of climate change pose a risk to Florida’s small businesses and tourism-based economy, and it’s why our country needs a Green Real Deal to address these challenges. I thank CRES for the honor of a Clean Energy Champion award and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance responsible policies that positively impact our country’s climate and energy needs for America to continue to lead in reducing emissions and exporting energy.

September 9, 2019 Video

Congressman Matt Gaetz joins FOX News' special coverage of Hurricane Dorian to provide updates on how the Trump and DeSantis administrations are working to bring relief and aid to Floridians.

September 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Super Pollutants Act, which aims to slow climate change by regulating black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons, and methane–some of the most potent greenhouse gases. These short-lived climate pollutants, also called super pollutants, are significantly more potent than carbon dioxide.

August 22, 2019 Page

"Americans always rise to the challenge when we empower individuals and deconstruct the limitations on our potential. Climate change is real. A response doesn’t demand subjugating our lives to expansive government control. It requires a Green Real Deal." - Congressman Matt Gaetz

September 12, 2017 Video

“..Recently, there have been reports that the National Oceanic And Atmospheric (NOAA) fisheries headquarters located on Virginia Key in South Florida may move to another location. This amendment would prohibit that move. Such a move be devastating to the research relationships that the NOAA facility has with local universities, the local business community and the marine industries of South Florida..” #Amendment122

July 11, 2017 Page

1st Session
H. R. 1817

To prohibit the use of the poisons sodium fluoroacetate (known as “Compound 1080”) and sodium cyanide for predator control.

March 30, 2017
Mr. DeFazio (for himself and Mr. Blumenauer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

To prohibit the use of the poisons sodium fluoroacetate (known as “Compound 1080”) and sodium cyanide for predator control.