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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September 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to extend the moratorium on offshore drilling on Florida's coast:


July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced The Office of Gulf Coast Restoration in the U.S. Department of the Treasury plans to award a $1,233,566.00 Direct Component grant to Okaloosa County, Florida, for the Snorkel and Dive Reef construction project. The grant is funded under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). 


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.