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

Jun 5, 2015

CUMBERLAND – On Friday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) joined local leaders and officials in Cumberland, Maryland, for a walk of the Greater Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail and to visit the site of a local trail infrastructure project. Saturday, June 6, is National Trails Day, celebrating and promoting the importance of public trails in the United States.


May 8, 2015

WASHINGTON – Numerous organizations have expressed their support for Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act, legislation that reduces carbon pollution and combats climate change in a pro-growth, economically responsible manner. The Partnership for Responsible Growth, Environmental Defense Fund Action and the Union of Concerned Scientists have all issued statements of support, as has Adele Morris, Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project at Brookings.

May 1, 2015

WASHINGTON –Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change in a pro-growth, economically responsible manner that helps working families. Delaney’s legislation offers a new approach, combining efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a reduction in the corporate tax rate and a new program to help impacted coal workers.

Apr 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – On Earth Day, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) announces that he will introduce new legislation this spring designed to respond to the global crisis of climate change in a fiscally-responsible way that ensures that middle class families don’t pay the price for pollution. Delaney’s legislation is a unique solution to the environmental and economic costs of climate change in that it reduces the corporate tax rate and creates a new aid program for coal workers.  

Jan 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The House has passed legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The legislation passed by a 266-153 vote, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) opposed the bill.

Dec 5, 2014

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation designed to help states combat climate change and meet new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements on greenhouse gas emissions. In June, the EPA proposed new regulations for existing power plans under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The State’s Choice Act mandates that the EPA allow a state level excise tax as a compliance option.

Dec 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has submitted a formal comment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the agency’s proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Writing to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Delaney asked that the agency give “strong consideration to allowing states the additional compliance option of placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions.”

Sep 17, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed legislation to reinstate the C&O Canal National Historical Park Commission (S. 476). Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) was an original cosponsor of the House version of the legislation (H.R. 2255) which was first introduced in 2013 by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) with Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) also as an original cosponsor of the House bill. In the Senate, the legislation was sponsored by Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD).

Jun 2, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. The new carbon standards require power plants to reduce their 2005 greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Under today’s rule, states can meet EPA standards by creating demand-side energy efficiency programs, renewable energy standards, efficiency improvements, energy storage technology, conservation programs, or cap and trade programs.

Jun 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Sunday’s print edition of the Washington Post featured an op-ed by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) arguing that new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines on greenhouse gas emissions should allow states the option of implementing a carbon tax as their means of compliance. The EPA is scheduled to announce new emission standards for power plants on Monday, beginning a process in which each state will be tasked with developing their implementation plan.