Energy & Environment
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 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.
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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:
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.
Hartford, CT - Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced $1 million in Brownfields Cleanup grants for various sites in Hartford and East Hartford, including $460,000 for hazardous substance cleanup and $540,000 for petroleum cleanup.
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional delegation today issued a statement applauding the announcement that Connecticut will receive over $6 million in emergency disaster relief funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior to repair and rebuild parks, public lands and refuges damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Connecticut will also receive a share of $12.7 million in additional funds that will aid restoration projects in multiple states impacted by Sandy.
Hartford – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency:
Washington, DC — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut's Congressional Delegation released the following statement today applauding the announcement Connecticut will be receiving $71.8 million that may be used to repair homes and businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and to upgrade and repair critical infrastructure. The funding, provided by the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program, is part of the $16 billion included in the Sandy Disaster Relief bill Congress passed last month.
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the first portion of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Package:
Washington - Last night Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement upon learning the House Republican Leadership would adjourn the 112th Congress without taking up the Hurricane Sandy Aid relief package:
"The American people deserve better from their government.