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We have a moral obligation to be good stewards of the Earth and to leave our children and grandchildren with a livable environment. It is imperative that we confront threats like climate change and build on successful programs that have set aside land for conservation and remove pollutants from our environments.

Climate change is one of the planet’s most significant challenges from the standpoint of the environment, the economy, public health, and national security.  The scientific evidence is clear in telling us that if we continue our current pace of burning coal, oil, and gas, it will result in a rising concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. To learn more about the science, you may read the report “Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices” prepared by the nonpartisan, independent National Research Council.

Rep. Larson Awards Goodwin College with an EPA Grant to help Cleanup an East Hartford Brownfields Site
Rep. Larson Awards Goodwin College an EPA Grant to help
clean up an East Hartford Brownfields Site

The United States has an opportunity to become a global leader in clean energy technology. Investing in the green economy won’t just improve the environment, it will also invigorate our manufacturing industry and improve our national security. Rep. Larson is a leader in these efforts. He is the author of the America Wins Act, which would lower carbon emissions in the United States by 52% in ten years and invest over $400 million annually in green energy research. Rep. Larson has also championed the development of fuel cell technology in the United States. He is the founder of the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition and has championed the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which supports the deployment of green technologies like fuel cells, wind turbines, and solar.

Rep. Larson also takes action against pollutants that threaten our health, including PFAS Chemicals. He is a member of the Congressional PFAS Task Force. He is a cosponsor of legislation and amendments that would require federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense, to take the threats posed by these chemicals seriously.

 

More on Energy & Environment

September 24, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act.
May 6, 2020 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (D-1), Joe Courtney (D-2), Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Jim Himes (D-4), and Jahana Hayes (D-5) applauded $2.3 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for assisting communities in cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties in Connecticut.
January 10, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for a bill (H.R.535) that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).
November 20, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the announcement that the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) was awarded two federal grants totaling $1,261,282 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
November 19, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act.
August 12, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) was joined by Don Shubert, President of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association and Amanda Schoen, Deputy Director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters to highlight the importance of acting now to address our global climate crisis and investing in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
August 2, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the America Wins Act (HR. 4142) to address our global climate crisis head on and invest over $1 trillion into our nation’s infrastructure.
July 12, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the environmental protections included in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act relating to Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.
June 20, 2019 Press Release
During yesterday’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the 2019 Trade Agenda with United States Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) pushed for assurances that the renegotiated NAFTA agreement, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), contains strong and enforceable environmental provisions - including on climate.
May 15, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman John B Larson (CT-01), Chair of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee testified at the Budget Committee hearing on Retirement Security in the 21st Century.

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