Energy and Environment
A cleaner environment is good for our health and good for our economy. We’ve felt the effects of climate change here in Connecticut with severe winter storms and hurricanes. We need to invest in clean energy and energy efficient technology to reduce pollution, create good-paying green jobs, and help small businesses and consumers save money.
As a parent, I believe we have an obligation to our children and future generations to preserve the Earth’s air, land, and water. I have a long-standing commitment to protecting our environment and working for a clean energy future. I worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in law school and later worked to preserve open spaces as a local official. In the Connecticut State House, I served on the Energy & Technology Committee, where I fought for sweeping energy reform legislation to bring down high energy prices and move to renewable sources.
As your Congresswoman, I introduced the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act, legislation that permits the town of Canton to operate two small, currently inactive hydropower dams and generate clean, locally-produced power. I'm proud to say that my bill passed Congress with bipartisan support and has been signed into law, moving our communities one step closer to clean, sustainable power sources.
As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve stood up to protect our local rivers, streams, and lakes by testifying in defense of the Clean Water Rule. This proposal will protect 20 million acres of wetlands and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
I’m also working with my Connecticut colleagues, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. John Larson, to protect Connecticut’s Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook for future generations. These are two unparalleled environmental treasures, and they possess some of the highest water quality in our state. In April 2016, the Senate passed our bill to preserve these vital resources, and we’re now working to get this legislation passed in the House.
Cities and towns throughout central and northwest Connecticut have long industrial histories – which means we also have miles of abandoned industrial sites that are just waiting to be restored into economic assets. These "brownfields" properties are going to waste now but have the potential to become anything from hiking trails and public parks to office buildings and shopping centers. I’ve introduced several pieces of legislation to help our communities revitalize these properties. One of these bills, the Brownfields Reauthorization Act, passed the Senate earlier this year and currently awaits action in the House.
I received a 97% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters for my voting record on environmental issues. Each year, I sign letters urging the House Appropriations Committee to support robust funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the National Park Service, and for Wild and Scenic Rivers funding. Cuts to these programs would risk significant environmental and economic damage.
For more information on my work and views on energy and the environment or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
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NEW BRITAIN — As U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty pointed to the site of New Britain’s old police station Monday morning, she said the future of similar parcels around the state could be threatened by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which, she said cuts money for brownfields site remediation.
“The new president’s budget would kill the program,” the 5th District Democrat said. “I am submitting legislation that would fully fund this program. This is a really important program, especially in districts like ours.”
Standing along the vacant lot where New Britain hopes to spur its downtown renewal, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Monday said she'll fight to preserve federal aid for brownfields cleanups.
The Columbus Boulevard property shows why environmental cleanup aid is vital, Esty said. A brownfields grant enabled the city to remove the decaying, asbestos-ridden former police headquarters from the site, and a developer now proposes to build a retail and housing complex.
WASHINGTON – Building on a nearly decade-long, community-driven effort, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1), reintroduced their Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act to create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook.
TORRINGTON >> U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) met with veterans from across the Northwest Corner Monday afternoon to discuss their thoughts and concerns with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as she adjusts to a new role on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Esty was elected to the committee in February, and is the ranking member on the subcommittee on disability benefits and memorial affairs, she said Monday.
WATERBURY, CT – On Sunday, March 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask Esty questions concerning their community, the direction of the country, and Esty’s work in Congress.
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