Energy and Environment

Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has been an advocate for national energy policies that increase energy independence, protect the environment, and use natural resources responsibly.  Development of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures are critical to meeting these goals, as well as developing policies for clean water and sustainable energy.

Global Warming and Clean Energy: As a nation, America must revolutionize energy policy, combat climate change, and create millions of clean energy jobs. As a member of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Caucus, as well as the Safe Climate Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney understands that investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives is key to combating global warming. For many years, she has fought to increase support for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy budget, the Energy Star program, and the Energy Weatherization Assistance Program.

Public Lands & the Northern Rockies Ecosystem: Since her first election to Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has fought to ensure that public lands are conserved for the public good and preserved for future generations. She is the sponsor of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, which will protect the beautiful and fragile bioregion known as the Wild Rockies. Considered radical when first introduced because it was based on science rather than political boundaries, this visionary legislation has long been supported by environmentalists and business interests from the Northern Rockies region who recognize the value of preserving the area's natural beauty.

Fracking: At a time of record high gas prices and volatility in fuel sources, finding alternatives and achieving greater energy independence is of the utmost importance. The country’s future energy policy must be sustainable and must not harm America’s public and environmental health. Congresswoman Maloney remains deeply concerned with the environmental and public health consequences of the natural gas extraction technique known as “fracking”, and supports the ban on fracking in New York State. Congresswoman Maloney has written to federal regulators with concerns about watershed safety, natural gas reserve estimates, and gas leases on government mortgaged properties, and has urged her colleagues on the relevant House Committees of jurisdiction to hold hearings on these issues.

Select Highlights

  • Cleaning Newton Creek: Congresswoman Maloney has long supported Newton Creek’s inclusion on the Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. On September 27, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally announced that it would be included. This clears the way for the EPA to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the creek, develop a remediation plan and implement the plan. Congresswoman Maloney intends to ensure that the EPA is comprehensive in its approach and that Queens, along with Brooklyn, is given appropriate attention in the EPA’s cleanup plans.
  • Fighting for Clean Water, Protecting New York’s Watershed: Marking a win for protecting the beauty of New York, the Fiscal Year 2002 Interior Appropriations Act (H.R. 2217, 107th Congress) provided $65,000,000 for the Forest Legacy Program. Along with former Congressman Jack Quinn (R-NY), Congresswoman Maloney worked to include full funding for the Adirondacks Lake project and the New York Watershed project. The $2 million designated for the Adirondack Lakes region of upstate New York helps protect these lands from development through sustainable management guidelines and helps protect New York City’s drinking water

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Dec 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — At today’s Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing examining the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) failure to protect the rights of landowners, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, criticized FERC’s processes which favor pipeline companies at the expense of landowners.

 

Sep 29, 2020 In The News

On the last day of Climate Week, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney unveiled a report detailing the health and economic benefits of taking immediate action to combat global warming.

Surrounded by environmental advocates and community leaders at Hunter’s Point South Park on Saturday, Maloney released the 12-page document, which was prepared by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which Maloney chairs.

“It shows we can save hundreds of thousands of lives, avoid terrible illnesses and save trillions of dollars for our economy if we act now,” she said.

Sep 25, 2020 In The News

President Trump’s controversial bid to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement could have devastating consequences for his former home state, according to a new scientific report out of Congress.

The report, produced by the House Oversight Committee and obtained exclusively by the Daily News ahead of its Saturday release, concluded that more than 400,000 New Yorkers could die prematurely from various illnesses related to climate change over the next five decades if Trump’s successful in rescinding the U.S. commitment to the landmark agreement.

Sep 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting in opposition to H.R. 4447, the Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act.

 “While I applaud my colleagues who worked in support of this legislation and the bipartisanship they demonstrated in bringing this deal to the floor, I could not vote for the Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act. The climate crisis is too immediate and too massive to be countered by anything less than focused and systemic reform.

Aug 10, 2020 In The News

A Defense Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) watchdog will consider probing the Trump administration’s moves to advance the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska following congressional requests on Monday. 

Jul 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to pass H.R. 1957, the Great American Outdoors Act, which permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands.
 

Apr 22, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in recognition of Earth Day.

Oct 29, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Harley Rouda, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, issued statements after Ranking Member Jim Jordan led Committee Republicans in a failed attempt to shut down a hearing examining the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll-back California’s fuel efficiency standards.