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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

February 13, 2019 Press Release
Today, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation applauded $782,931 in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support Long Island Sound (the Sound) research projects conducted by marine scientists at the University of Connecticut (UConn).
February 7, 2019 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) renewed his call to address our global climate crisis head on.
December 4, 2018 Press Release
Today, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation applauded $1,737,289 in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) to help improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound by spurring efforts to reduce pollution, increase fish diversity and population and enhance greater understanding of Long Island Sound’s ecology.
October 5, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman John Larson (CT-1), Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), and Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced H.Res.1115, which would express support for designating October 8, 2018 as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. The date October 8 was chosen because it is symbolic of the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).
September 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.
September 19, 2018 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for a $3 million project at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) in East Hartford. The project will work to develop energy storage to strengthen the electric grid.
July 5, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Governor Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Coltsville National Historical Park Superintendent James Woosley announced that Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the City of Hartford will be receiving a $750,000 grant from the National Park Service to make renovations and improvements to Colt Park.
June 8, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives John Larson (D-1), Joe Courtney (D-2), Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Jim Himes (D-4), and Elizabeth Esty (D-5), and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) applauded $1 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties in Connecticut.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to FuelCell Energy, Inc. for hydrogen production research and development (R&D) that is compatible with nuclear energy sources.
March 23, 2018 Press Release
Omnibus bill includes $12 million for the Long Island Sound, $65 million for the National Sea Grant College Program, and $11.5 million for the Marine Aquaculture Program

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