Issue Position: Energy and Environment

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016

Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has been an advocate for national energy policies that increase energy independence, protect the environment, and use natural resources responsibly. Development of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures are critical to meeting these goals, as well as developing policies for clean water and sustainable energy.

Global Warming and Clean Energy: As a nation, America must revolutionize energy policy, combat climate change, and create millions of clean energy jobs. As a member of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Caucus, as well as the Safe Climate Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney understands that investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives is key to combating global warming. For many years, she has fought to increase support for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy budget, the Energy Star program, and the Energy Weatherization Assistance Program.

Public Lands & the Northern Rockies Ecosystem: Since her first election to Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has fought to ensure that public lands are conserved for the public good and preserved for future generations. She is the sponsor of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, which will protect the beautiful and fragile bioregion known as the Wild Rockies. Considered radical when first introduced because it was based on science rather than political boundaries, this visionary legislation has long been supported by environmentalists and business interests from the Northern Rockies region who recognize the value of preserving the area's natural beauty.

Fracking: At a time of record high gas prices and volatility in fuel sources, finding alternatives and achieving greater energy independence is of the utmost importance. The country's future energy policy must be sustainable and must not harm America's public and environmental health. Congresswoman Maloney remains deeply concerned with the environmental and public health consequences of the natural gas extraction technique known as "fracking", and supports the ban on fracking in New York State. Congresswoman Maloney has written to federal regulators with concerns about watershed safety, natural gas reserve estimates, and gas leases on government mortgaged properties, and has urged her colleagues on the relevant House Committees of jurisdiction to hold hearings on these issues.

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Cleaning Newton Creek: Congresswoman Maloney has long supported Newton Creek's inclusion on the Superfund National Priorities List of the country's most hazardous waste sites. On September 27, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally announced that it would be included. This clears the way for the EPA to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the creek, develop a remediation plan and implement the plan. Congresswoman Maloney intends to ensure that the EPA is comprehensive in its approach and that Queens, along with Brooklyn, is given appropriate attention in the EPA's cleanup plans.
Fighting for Clean Water, Protecting New York's Watershed: Marking a win for protecting the beauty of New York, the Fiscal Year 2002 Interior Appropriations Act (H.R. 2217, 107th Congress) provided $65,000,000 for the Forest Legacy Program. Along with former Congressman Jack Quinn (R-NY), Congresswoman Maloney worked to include full funding for the Adirondacks Lake project and the New York Watershed project. The $2 million designated for the Adirondack Lakes region of upstate New York helps protect these lands from development through sustainable management guidelines and helps protect New York City's drinking water


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