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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


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.

More on Energy and Environment

April 20, 2017 In The News

Scientists and academics in Connecticut and across the country will head out of the labs and into the streets on Saturday — Earth Day — to confront what one organizer described as a lack of respect for science among some members of Congress and President Donald Trump.

"The scientific method is not a partisan issue, it's not something that should be divisive," said Harrison Hayward, a fourth-year UConn medical student organizing a Hartford rally, which will begin at noon at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.

April 18, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut’s 5th House District, has met with park and city planners, and environmental groups, to discuss environmental challenges facing the Farmington River Valley.

Esty says she has been working on environmental legislation, but President Donald Trump’s budget proposal could have a significant impact on environmental programs in Connecticut.

April 17, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in support of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s appointment of former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Green Bank.
April 13, 2017 In The News

With the 47th anniversary of Earth Day just around the corner on April 22, it seems ironically sad that laws regulating emissions rules, limits on methane leaks, and regulations to fossil fuel industries were loosened and put up for review late last month by the Trump administration.

April 13, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to protect families from polluted air from upwind states.

Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut’s 5th House District, is calling on the EPA to require upwind states to reduce air pollution emissions that are carried to the Northeast by prevailing winds – especially from Pennsylvania’s Brunner Island coal plant.

April 13, 2017 Press Release

Esty with winners Veronika Cordero, Matthew Jones, Raul Calderon, and Joseph Grenier during a surprise school visit in December 2016

April 12, 2017 In The News

NEW BRITAIN - U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez visited the Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday morning to hear from residents that have been positively impacted by HRA-provided services.

The discussion came on the heels of increased budget discussions - both at the federal and state level.

April 12, 2017 In The News

connecticut appears likely to be involved in a court battle against President Donald Trump's administration over air pollution coming in from the Midwest and South, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday.

Connecticut officials are renewing their demands that the federal government force states to curtail the air pollution that is continuing to hurt Connecticut's air quality.

April 12, 2017 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today released the following statement in support of Connecticut and eight neighboring states’ Section 176A petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition would require upwind states to reduce air pollution emissions that are carried to the Northeast by prevailing winds.

April 10, 2017 In The News

WATERBURY – U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, created a STEM advisory board to arm young people in Connecticut with the education and hands-on experience they need to compete and succeed in local manufacturing. The board is tasked with developing policy and advocacy goals, outreach and marketing plans, engaging with industry, and working to align educational program that meets both students and industry needs.