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  • Tonko Clean Energy Innovation Bills Advance Out of Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Climate Change

    WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology advanced two clean energy innovation bills sponsored by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the first supporting expanded U.S. wind energy research and innovation, the other investing in research and development to improve gas turbine efficiency. “As floodwaters rise, wildfires spread and heat waves continue to threaten our communities, technology improvements and energy innovation cannot come soon enough,” said Tonko. “The legislation... Read more

  • Key Energy Subcommittee Advances Tonko Wind Energy Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Science, Space, and Technology, Climate Change

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) announced today that his newly-introduced wind energy legislation, cosponsored by Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE). Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), has advanced through the Space, Science, and Technology Committee Subcommittee on Energy. Tonko’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 3609, Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019, would give formal authorization to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Wind Energy. This legislation was fir... Read more

  • Tonko Secures Major Wins for Capital Region in 2020 Spending Package
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Telecom, Infrastructure & Water Systems, Climate Change

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered House passage of appropriations legislation this week that funds many of his Capital Region and national priorities, which Tonko fought to protect or expand for Fiscal Year 2020: “These funding bills deliver on the values and needs of the American people, including significant wins for our New York Capital Region communities. These include major steps forward in combatting America’s opioid epidemic and the global climate crisis, stopping an unsancti... Read more

  • Tonko, Coons Advance Bill to Weatherize Homes, Lower Consumer Utility Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment, Climate Change

    WASHINGTON–Paul Tonko, Chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, joined with colleagues in both chambers of Congress to introduce legislation that would extend and strengthen the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income households insulate their homes from extreme heat and cold and make other cost-effective investments in home energy efficiency upgrades. The legislation, H.R. 2041, The Weatherization Enhancement a... Read more

  • Tonko to Lead Key Climate Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko has just been elected by his colleagues on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee to serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change. This subcommittee has exclusive jurisdiction over the Clean Air Act and will be at the forefront of tackling climate change and carbon pollution. Tonko has been developing a framework for climate action over the past year with input from climate experts and numerous industry, social and enviro... Read more

  • Tonko Condemns Trump’s Proposed Rollback of Clean Energy Standards
    Posted in Press Releases on August 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment

    ALBANY, NY – Congressman Paul D. Tonko resorted to science and facts in his reaction to the Trump Administration today after its release of a proposed rule weakening clean energy standards allowing for more carbon pollution that could lead to as many as 1,400 more premature deaths in the U.S. every year. “This proposal not only ignores the clear and growing threat of climate change, it exposes countless New York families and communities to real dangers from air pollution,” said Tonko. “In New Yo... Read more

  • Tonko critical of weak Trump Administration vehicle pollution standards
    Posted in Press Releases on August 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko, the top Democrat on the Energy & Commerce Environment Subcommittee, issued a strong rebuke of the announcement this morning that the Trump Administration will roll back previously agreed-upon vehicle emissions standards for Model Year 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles. The new proposal would freeze standards at the 2020 levels through 2026 and seek to revoke California’s waiver, which allows California to avoid federal preemption and set its own vehicle standa... Read more

  • Tonko Heralds Vote to Reauthorize EPA’s Brownfields Program
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Environment, Jobs & Economic Development

    "Since 2002, the Brownfields program has helped put tens of thousands of acres of economically critical land back into circulation, supporting local economies and encouraging greater development in areas that were previously written off. In the process, more than 130,000 jobs have been created and $24 billion has been leveraged from federal investment. Local governments are realizing that through this program we can turn a liability into an opportunity." Read more

  • Tonko Announces Green Bank Bill to Drive U.S. Clean Energy & Efficiency Investments
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment, Financial Services, Jobs & Economic Development

    "State Green Banks are becoming increasingly popular as state and local economies work to meet the growing demand for clean energy and energy efficiency financing,” said Tonko. “Our New York Green Bank is a leader in this field and has already delivered more than $350 million to more than two dozen projects in our state. Those projects are expected to generate more than $1 billion combined, helping us advance a more globally competitive, clean energy economy." Read more

  • Reps. Tonko, Beyer, Eshoo Lead Call for Trump Admin to Resume Advanced Energy Research
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & the Environment

    “The Trump Administration’s unilateral decision to hold these advanced energy research awards is not just harmful to the local businesses and organizations doing this cutting-edge research in New York and across the nation, it also threatens the separation of powers and exclusive authority of Congress to appropriate funding that is clearly spelled out in our U.S. Constitution. The President and this Administration need to explain why they are withholding these ARPA-E awards and expedite the release of all Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 funding without further delay.” - Rep. Paul Tonko Read more

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