Jose Aguto

Legislative Secretary, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Jose Aguto

Jose Aguto advocates for national policies supporting the sustainable use and management of our Earth’s resources and ecosystems so that all may thrive. He leads the Sustainable Energy and Environment Program, which leads interfaith, non-partisan, grassroots and multi-sectoral efforts on climate disruption to promote bipartisan dialogue and solutions in Congress. It also seeks to facilitate stronger relationships and collaboration across different sectors of the climate movement.

The program’s Call to Conscience on Climate Disruption inspired House Resolution 424, the first formal positive statement on climate change by a group of elected Republicans in Congress since 2008. The resolution, based on the premise that a problem (climate disruption) cannot be solved unless first admitted, has led to additional Republican and bipartisan caucuses and legislative proposals that seek to form a politically viable and durable foundation for meaningful climate legislation in the near future.

Currently, Jose sits on the board of the U.S. Climate Action Network. Prior to joining FCNL, Jose worked for the National Congress of American Indians as the Senior Policy Advisor for tribal climate, energy and environmental issues, as Senior Policy Advisor with USEPA’s American Indian Environmental Office, and Policy and Development Associate for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He has a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Articles by Jose Aguto

Press Release Forty Six Religious Organizations Call on Congress to Uphold BLM Natural Gas Waste Reduction Rule 

On February 3rd, 46 religious organizations released a letter urging Congress to preserve the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule.

Press Release People of Faith Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 

On January 24th, President Trump signed a memorandum calling upon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline. FCNL opposes this action and stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Press Release US $500 Million Investment in Green Climate Fund Applauded by Religious Communities 

Today, the State Department announced the second U.S. investment of $500 million to the Green Climate Fund, an international multilateral fund that supports low-emission and climate-resilient development in countries that are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Action Alert From the Paris Climate Talks to Marrakesh 

The nations of the world are gathering in Marrakesh, Morocco seeking action to limit global warming to 1.5º Celsius – the aspiration they agreed to at the historic meeting in Paris nearly one ago.

Background Addressing Climate Disruption 

We envision a world where every person’s potential may be fulfilled, living and thriving in cities, towns, and communities pulsing in respectful balance with the ecosystems around them.

Update Standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 

A stand of momentous and multi-hued significance is occurring in the Plains of the ancestral lands of the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota peoples. The peoples of these nations, led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, are gathered in unprecedented unity against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Background A Deep Dive into the Green Climate Fund 

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an independent multilateral climate fund established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the end of 2011. It aims to make an ambitious contribution to attaining the climate mitigation and adaptation goals of the international community.

Statement U.S. Commitment to Green Climate Fund Is Now a Reality 

Today the Friends Committee on National Legislation applauds our nation’s delivery of its first payment to the Green Climate Fund.

Update Post-Paris Impressions 

Last December, through the generosity of Lindsey Fielder Cook and Jonathan Wooley of the Quaker UN Office, I was blessed and accredited to participate in the "Blue Zone" of the UNFCCC negotiations in Paris (COP21), during the second week.

FCNL in the News Post-Paris Impressions 

In international relations, the Paris Agreement is a shining monument of enlightened self-interest. Stunningly, the nation-states debated the sufficiency of the 2 degree Celsius warming limit and ultimately embraced as the better aspiration a 1.5 degree Celsius warming limit.