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

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.

Sep 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) have introduced legislation to find bipartisan consensus on climate change and drive economically viable solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the public health and environmental consequences of unchecked climate change. The Delaney-Gibson bill was introduced with three Republican and three Democratic cosponsors.

Apr 21, 2016

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Representative John Delaney (MD-06), and 145 of their Democratic colleagues from the Senate and House sent a letter to President Obama today in strong support of the United States signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. Other House letter leaders include, Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Rep.

Mar 3, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Congressman John K. Delaney (Md.-6) and Congressman Ben Luján (N.M.-3) have filed resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a national goal of more than 50 percent of America’s electricity production coming from clean and carbon-free electricity sources by 2030 and calling for the enactment of new legislation to achieve this goal. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the “50x30 Resolutions” are cosponsored by 30 Senators and 103 House Members.

Mar 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – Members of Maryland’s House Delegation met today with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Edward P. Chamberlayne, Commander and District Engineer of the Baltimore District office, for an update on the Corps’ current activities and projects in Maryland. Colonel Chamberlayne also discussed the Corps’ budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 which includes the Baltimore Harbor and channel dredging, Poplar Island, and Chesapeake Bay comprehensive plan. Delegation Members participating in today’s meeting were Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, C.A.