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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

January 26, 2015 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional delegation applauded $7.7 million in funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in our state.
January 15, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional delegation today issued a joint statement applauding $10 million in federal funds to improve water quality throughout the Long Island Sound watershed. The funds were among $370 million awarded nationwide by the United States Department of Agriculture’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which seeks to enhance water quality, support wildlife habitats and enhance the environment.

January 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 3, the "Keystone XL Pipeline Act":

June 19, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced $152,492 in federal funding for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative Program, aims to improve energy reliability in 28 rural CT Communities over a three-year period.

June 4, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the EPA proposed guidelines to cut carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act:

May 20, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act Conference Report (H.R. 3080), a bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed 412-4 in the House of Representatives:

August 5, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy in announcing a $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise grant for the non-for-profit Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), based in East Hartford, Conn. The grant will be used to help determine the feasibility of alternative fuel plants in north-central Connecticut.

July 30, 2013 Op-Ed and Letters
In the face of looming disaster, The House of Representatives' underfunding of the chief agency responsible for flood protection demonstrates an alarming indifference to the crumbling infrastructure around us, and highlights a need to act.
July 18, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the Senate confirmation of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency:

May 24, 2013 Press Release

Washington - Thursday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) in introducing the "LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2013", a bill which would make the excise tax on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and diesel comparable on an energy-equivalent basis.

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