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Tonko, Huffman Introduce Bill to Advance Floating Solar Energy

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) today introduced the POWER our Reservoirs Act (Protect our Waters and Expand Renewables on our Reservoirs Act) to advance clean energy production and drought protection at our nation’s federal water reservoirs. This legislation will call on key federal agencies to study opportunities to deploy floating solar…

1 Year After Signing of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Tonko Highlights Major Wins for NY-20

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WASHINGTON, DC—On the one year anniversary of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the transformational investments the legislation has delivered to the Capital Region. “One year ago today, I stood alongside my colleagues at the White House as President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law” Congressman Tonko said. “This…

The long-lasting potential of the Inflation Reduction Act

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Before the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was considered our nation’s greatest legislative achievement to deploy clean energy. In the past decade, policymakers have learned much from the ARRA experience, and those lessons were incorporated into IRA, putting this new legislative accomplishment on a path to transform our…

Tonko Questions Experts on Efforts by Big Oil PR Firms to Stifle Climate Action

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko joined a subcommittee hearing today on Oversight and Investigations to examine the role of Public Relations (PR) firms in helping fossil fuel companies spread climate disinformation and hinder meaningful climate action. Tonko questioned Anne Lee Foster, Former Director of Communication and Community Engagement at Colorado Rising, a non-profit…

Tonko Cheers $5.3 Million Solar Investment in Ballston Lake

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SARATOGA, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today announced that Ballston Lake is receiving an $5,385,000 investment to implement solar technology as part of a federal rural development loan that will support farmers, ranchers, and small businesses in securing a clean energy future. Tonko has championed the push for clean energy development, including securing $3 million for the City of…

Tonko Heralds Passage of Historic Inflation Reduction Act

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, transformational legislation that delivers on Democrats’ promise to fight inflation and cut costs for consumers all while taking the most aggressive action in history to combat the crisis of climate change and drive clean energy advancements. As Chair of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate…

Tonko Statement on Inflation Reduction Act

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko shared a statement following the agreement announced between Senator Schumer and Manchin last night on the Inflation Reduction Act that would address climate change and lower costs for Americans: “Last night’s news is a bright spark of hope in our fight against the climate crisis. “The Inflation Reduction Act would be the most significant action…

Tonko Statement on Manchin Refusal to Address Climate in Reconciliation

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today released a statement following Senator Manchin’s assertion that he will not support climate and energy provisions as part of Democrat’s reconciliation package: “To say I am frustrated by the news last night does not do this feeling justice. I’m furious. “By tanking the climate provisions in reconciliation, Senator Manchin has destroyed our…

Representatives Tonko, Ross, Rouzer Provision to Repeal 10-Year Offshore Wind Leasing Moratorium Passes House

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Washington, D.C. —Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment led by Representatives Paul Tonko (NY-20), Deborah Ross (NC-02), and David Rouzer (NC-07) that would overturn the previous administration’s 10-year moratorium on offshore wind leasing. In effect as of July 1, 2022, the moratorium prevents offshore wind leasing off the coasts of North Carolina, South…

Tonko Condemns SCOTUS Ruling Drastically Limiting EPA’s Clean Air Act Authority

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today denounced the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA that hamstrings the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to set the strong standards needed to cut carbon pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. “With each passing day, the radical Supreme Court makes ever clearer how far they have fallen,” Congressman Tonko said.…

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