Protecting the Environment

Since being sworn into office, I have been a tireless advocate for protecting our environment and creating a clean energy economy. Recently, I joined with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall to introduce the “Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013.” Our legislation encourages the use of innovative, economic approaches to reducing pollution and restoring natural surfaces, such as green roofs and natural drainage surfaces. The bill is proof that we can create jobs and reduce pollution, combining the goals of environmental stewardship and economic development.

I have also been outspoken in the fight to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s national treasure. Together, with members of the Maryland Delegation and other states that comprise the Bay’s watershed, we have funded programs to reduce pollutant run-off, and restore the blue crab and oyster populations that are so critical to our region’s tourism industry and economic livelihood. There is more work to be done, but I remain committed to ensuring protection of the Chesapeake Bay now and for generations to come.

As Ranking Member on the Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space, I have witnessed firsthand Republican intransigence on clean energy and their disbelief in the scientific proof that underpins climate change. Instead of working to create a 21st Century economy that embraces clean energy, Republicans remain tied to the interests of industry, including big oil, over environmental protection and the health and well-being of working families. Despite their dogmatic ideology, I will fight to protect our environment and grow our economy.

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