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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

March 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order directing his administration to roll back a number of key climate change regulations issued under the Obama Administration
March 15, 2017 Press Release
Building on a nearly decade-long, community-driven effort, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1), reintroduced their Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act.
November 16, 2016 Press Release

Washington — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Reps. Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) on Wednesday applauded over $600,000 in federal Long Island Sound Futures Fund grants to eleven community conservation projects throughout Connecticut. The projects will focus on coastal habitat restoration and improving water quality in the Long Island Sound and waterways that feed into the Sound. The federal funds are from the U.S.

June 10, 2016 Press Release
​Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) took the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to speak against the House Republicans’ “sense of Congress” resolution to disapprove of a carbon tax.
April 19, 2016 Press Release

Washington – Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) today applauded the Senate’s Approval of the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act.

March 3, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Congressman John Larson (D-1), Congressman Joe Courtney (D-2), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Congressman Jim Himes (D-4), and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Congressman John K. Delaney (Md.-6) and Congressman Ben Luján (N.M.-3) in filing resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a new national clean energy goal.

September 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the Fuel Cell Tax Extenders Act of 2015 to extend federal incentives for residential, commercial, and vehicular fuel cell use. Several identical tax incentives expired in 2014, while others are set to expire in December 2016. This legislation will extend those credits through the year 2021, promoting American energy independence and clean energy development

September 2, 2015 Press Release
Washington — Today, the Connecticut delegation sent a letter to Lieutenant General Tom Bostick, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in support of the recently-released Draft Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Long Island Sound.
February 12, 2015 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced a measure to make the excise tax on natural gas and diesel comparable on an energy-equivalent basis.
February 2, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) reintroduced the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which, if enacted, would create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook that run through ten Connecticut towns.

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