Energy and Environment

We can’t compete in a 21st century economy with a 20th century energy policy. We need to develop a national energy policy focused on two goals: 1) becoming a global leader in domestic energy production and alternative energy technology and 2) properly responding to climate change. For this reason, I am proud to be a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.

Increasing sustainable energy production isn’t just good for the environment; it’s good for the economy. Just as the global economy in the 20th century was profoundly shaped by oil and gas production, the nations that provide new energy solutions that reflect the realities of climate change will thrive in the 21st century. With a skilled workforce and a growing green energy sector along the I-270 corridor, Maryland is well-positioned to be a part of our national alternative energy sector.

We must support funding for research and development for alternative energy and provide adequate funding to the Army Corps of Engineers, who help build and maintain our energy infrastructure. I am a cosponsor of multiple pieces of legislation which encourage further development of alternative energy sectors in the United States.   

As the 113th Congress moves forward, I will continue to advocate for a comprehensive national energy policy that realizes the promise and potential of clean energy and energy independence.

More on Energy and Environment

Sep 17, 2018

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin, released the following statement after the U.S.

Aug 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has announced its plans to roll back Obama-era clean energy rules setting strict carbon dioxide limits for power plants.


Jul 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted against H.Con.Res. 119, a resolution vilifying a carbon tax, and spoke on the floor in opposition. (Video of Remarks)

“Beyond the fact this is just a partisan stunt, people deserve better from Congress,” added Rep. Delaney. “We should have a real debate with hearings and experts, and determine smart policy that can protect our environment AND lead to economic growth. We don’t have to choose between the two, we just need to work together.”

May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for H.R. 5515, the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 351-66. The bill includes his bipartisan amendment passed by voice vote and cosponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2) to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Oct 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that begins the process of repealing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, environmental protections aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Jun 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has published an op-ed in The Hill urging Democrats not to demonize coal workers and to push for policy solutions on climate change that also help the workers and communities that will be disrupted.

Jun 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, President Trump announced that the United States will leave the Paris Climate Accord. 

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:

May 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – Multiple reports have indicated that President Trump will withdraw the United States the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The President tweeted today that he will make his final decision soon. The agreement has been ratified by 147 nations to date and focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a target of holding global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. If the United States withdraws, it will join just Syria and Nicaragua as non-participants.

May 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman John J. Faso (NY-19) have introduced bipartisan legislation to address climate change and initiate a bipartisan solution to the environmental crisis of our time. The Climate Solutions Commission Act creates a bipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission to undertake a thorough review of economically viable public and private actions or policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Apr 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) introduced the Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act, legislation that establishes a tax on greenhouse gas emissions. Congressman Delaney’s legislation uses revenues generated by this carbon tax to 1) lower the corporate tax rate, 2) provide extensive benefits to displaced coal industry workers and 3) provide payments to low and middle income Americans.