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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More on Energy and Environment

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.
Oct 8, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today applauded the announcement of a new plan for the East Coastal Resiliency project that would phase reconstruction of East River Park.

Sep 13, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, Congress is back in session! This week, I returned to Washington, DC for votes and Congressional hearings. To kick off the week, on Monday, I introduced my bill to stop banks from charging outrageous overdraft fees and taking advantage of their customers who can least afford it. Later in the week, I proudly voted with House Democrats to ban harmful offshore drillingand protect our environment. And, before returning to DC, I gathered with community and nonprofit leaders to call on Congress to pass my bill to support the creation of new community gardens and parks.
Sep 8, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY ​– Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined elected officials, community leaders, and representatives from local community gardens to call for passage of H.R.4197 - the Revitalizing Cities Through Parks Enhancement (RECIPE) Act. This landmark legislation would establish a $10 million grant program to help non-profit groups create small community gardens and parks.

May 3, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

We made history this week in the House of Representatives with the first Congressional hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment in more than three decades. It was an inspiring day and the first step towards passing legislation that will remove the arbitrary deadline that was imposed when the ERA was passed through Congress in 1972.

The House Oversight Committee also shed light on the work we need to do to ensure everyone who has the right to vote can do so, and I joined with my colleagues to pass, in a bipartisan way, H.R. 9: The Climate Action Now Act.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 9: The Climate Action Now Act, bold legislation to confront the climate crisis.

Apr 26, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, It was another busy week and I wanted to catch you up on what I’ve been up to and invite you to a town hall tonight on the Green New Deal.
Feb 22, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) to protect, as permanent wilderness, the dwindling wildlands across five states of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The bill would give permanent wilderness protection to 23 million acres of America’s premier roadless lands in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington and designate approximately 1,800 miles of rivers and streams as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Sep 29, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Council Member Ben Kallos and members of the community to issue a report card on the progress of the East River Esplanade projects. The report applauded the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for moving forward with effort to fix the Esplanade, celebrated the use of public and private partnerships, and expressed approval for the efforts to secure more than $110 million for the project.

May 31, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), released the following statement after President Trump announced that he will be pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord: