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 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.

Oct 19, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced that 81 major American companies will sign the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The pledge establishes an ongoing commitment to climate action and includes reducing emissions, increasing investment in low-carbon energy sources and increased use of sustainable practices.

Oct 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) highlighting the importance of investing in clean energy technology. The Delaney amendment was adopted by a voice vote and was added to legislation (H.R. 702) that lifts the ban on oil exports. Delaney voted against the overall legislation, which was opposed by leading environmental groups, but offered the amendment to improve the bill to better reflect the country’s energy and environmental needs.

Aug 26, 2015

GERMANTOWN – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) held a Climate Action Workshop Tuesday at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Over 160 Marylanders attended the workshop, which featured an audience panel discussion with representatives from the United States Navy, federal government and leading environmental organizations, including Rear Admiral Jonathan White, the Director of the U.S. Navy’s Climate Change Task Force.

Aug 14, 2015

Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, threatening job growth, national security, and the health of our families. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will host a Climate Action Workshop Tuesday August 25 in Germantown. The event is open to the public.

To register, click here.

The workshop will take place at the BlackRock Center for the Arts (12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown MD) on Tuesday, August 25, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Aug 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency have released the final version of the Administration’s Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The new environmental protections call for 2005 levels of carbon dioxide emissions to be reduced by 32% by 2030.

Jun 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Pope Francis released a papal-encyclical titled, “Laudato Si, On the Care of Our Common Home” on climate change. The encyclical states that “climate change is a global problem with grave implications.” The encyclical states that human action is contributing to climate change and urges the world’s governments to act.