WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Senator Brian Schatz (HI) today introduced the Carbon Dioxide Removal Research and Development Act, legislation that responds to the realities of climate change and follows the recommendations of the scientific community to implement a federal plan to develop carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies.
“Scientists have made it clear —… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC — Electrification Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that it is opening applications for two Home Energy Rebate programs to states and territories. Tonko spearheaded the push to implement these rebate programs, which were created under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and which will lower costs… Read more »
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) and the bicameral Electrification Caucus partnered to showcase the market readiness and diverse technology available to accelerate the transition to medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs). This event corresponds with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Paul D. Tonko released a statement cheering the announcement this morning from GE that it will invest $50 million at their GE Vernova facility in Schenectady, NY. The site will be used to assemble key components for constructing wind turbines and will add an estimated 200 new full-time positions to the region. Tonko’s statement reads as follows:
“The addition… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement for new rules limiting carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants under its authority from Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. This announcement follows a March 2023 letter led by Tonko and others urging EPA Administrator Michael… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials, denounced today’s partisan subcommittee hearing that bemoans the swift action taken by the Biden Administration and Democrats to push forward a clean energy transition and ignores the dire realities for climate change.
Listen to Rep. Tonko’s… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC—The Co-Chairs of the Electrification Caucus in the House, U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) released the following statement in response to Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to hold hostage the full faith and credit of the United States in exchange for deeply unpopular policies.
“The bill released by Speaker McCarthy represents a wholesale… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Senator Angus King (I-ME) today introduced in the House and Senate the POWER our Reservoirs Act (Protect our Waters and Expand Renewables on our Reservoirs Act), legislation that would advance clean energy production and drought protection at America’s federal water reservoirs.
“We must use every… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) delivered a statement on the House floor today strongly opposing the GOP bill, H.R. 1.
His full floor statement can be viewed HERE or read below as prepared for delivery.
M. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 1, the Polluters Over People Act.
When House Democrats had an opportunity to bring an H.R. 1 to the floor, it was to protect… Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials, joined a hearing today to review the ongoing response to the Norfolk Southern train derailment in Ohio. Tonko questioned witnesses on efforts to protect public health and the environment and how to ensure transparency and accountability for the residents of… Read more »