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

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:

Feb 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) denounced President Trump’s executive order signed on Tuesday instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rewrite its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, rolling back the broader authority the rule gives the EPA under the Clean Water Act to limit pollution in major bodies of water, streams and wetlands.

Dec 17, 2014 Press Release
“I applaud Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in New York State. The Governor based his decision on the science – not the demands of oil and gas drillers looking for a quick buck. The public health risks posed by contamination of our air, land and water are too great to allow high-volume, horizontal fracking in our beautiful state.”
Oct 6, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today called for a city-wide effort to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in order to reduce carbon emissions and create jobs. Maloney’s speech at the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) at New York University’s Kimmel Center recognized the progress New York has already made, but noted continued improvements are necessary to meet carbon reduction goals. 

Sep 23, 2011 Press Release

Statement of Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney in opposition to the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act (TRAIN Act), H.R. 2401.

Jul 30, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – An amendment sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to require a study to improve the measurement of oil and natural gas extracted from leased federal and Tribal lands was attached to the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act, H.R. 3534, comprehensive legislation that will provide greater efficiency and accountability to the management and regulation of energy resources to be considered by the full House today.

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.