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

Jun 24, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today made the following statement on the House floor in support of HR 5481:

Madam Speaker,
I rise in strong support of HR 5481, granting Subpoena Power to the Commission Investigating the BP Oil Spill.  Last month, President Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, a panel that will be vital to investigating the disaster and assuring this does not happen again.  However, this Commission does not have subpoena power, something critical to ensuring the full disclosure of evidence and witnesses.
Jul 9, 2009 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) made the following remarks on the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act:

Mar 13, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In a time when the federal deficit is skyrocketing, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) has introduced a bill which could help increase payments to the government from energy leases under Federal onshore and offshore lands by ensuring an accurate accounting of the resources extracted from those lands.

Jun 24, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), delivered the following prepared remarks at today’s JEC hearing, “Is the Skyrocketing Price of Oil a Bubble or a New Reality for the U.S. Economy?”: 
May 13, 2008 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Last night, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) voted in favor of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Fill Suspension and Consumer Protection Act, which will halt purchases for America’s Petroleum Reserve until the end of the year and help bring down the price of gasoline.  The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 385 to 25, is expected to reduce gas prices by 5 to 24 cents a gallon.  After President Clinton suspended reserve purchases in 2000, the price of oil dropped by one-third – from $30 to $20 per barrel.
May 13, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) applauded the nutrition, renewable energy, conservation, and food security provisions in “The Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007” (H.R. 2419) that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today with a strong bipartisan vote of 318 to 106.
Feb 27, 2008 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) voted to approve legislation that cuts federal subsidies to oil companies and invests the savings in expanded tax credits and other incentives for renewable electricity, energy and fuel.  The Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008, which passed the House by a vote of 236 to 182, would also help create thousands of new clean-energy jobs in the wind, solar, geothermal and fuel cell technology industries.
Dec 5, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today joined a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Energy Independence and Security Act, historic and sweeping legislation that would lower energy costs for hardworking families and put us on a path toward energy independence.  The bill was approved by a vote of 235 to 181.

Aug 3, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today announced that she helped secure $4 million to help Verdant Power harness the tides of New York’s East River and generate environmentally-friendly “hydrokinetic energy.”  Maloney secured the funding the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House today.  The bill now heads to the Senate for its approval. 
Jun 18, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) released the following statement today in support of the Carbon-Neutral Government Act of 2007 (H.R. 2635), legislation introduced by Congressman Henry Waxman (CA-30) and co-sponsored by Maloney, that would increase the federal government’s energy efficiency: