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Tonko Leads Hearing on Strengthening U.S. Clean Energy Supply Chain

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WASHINGTON, DC—Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul D. Tonko co-led a hearing today on the need for investments in U.S. manufacturing and clean energy supply chains in wind, solar, battery, Electric Vehicle (EV) and other technologies to ensure American competitiveness abroad and take critical steps to address the climate crisis. Watch Rep. Tonko’s opening remarks HERE and rea...

Tonko, McKinley Introduce Bill to Drive Clean Hydrogen Development

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and David B. McKinley (R-WV) today announced the introduction of the Clean Hydrogen Deployment Act of 2021, legislation that would strengthen American competitiveness and address climate change by incentivizing use of low-emissions hydrogen. “Throughout my time in Congress, I have pushed to advance meaningful legislation that will tackle climate ...

Tonko Lauds Advance of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill & Build Back Better Agreement

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted tonight to advance the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bipartisan legislation critical to President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda that includes investments to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure including roads, bridges and ports, and make investments to protect drinking water and develop clean energy. Tonko also cheered the agreement to...

Tonko Spearheads Hearing on Protecting Americans from Toxic Substances

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WASHINGTON, DC—Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul D. Tonko led a hearing today examining the effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts over the years to improve chemical safety and protect public health. Watch Rep. Tonko’s opening statement HERE and read remarks as prepared for delivery: Five years ago, t...

Tonko Joins EPA Administrator to Announce Major Climate Action

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan and Senator Tom Carper, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today to announce the final rule to implement major climate legislation Tonko authored that was signed into law la...

Tonko Hosts EPA Administrator Regan on Visit to Capital Region

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan to the Capital Region this week to attend a series of events showcasing key priorities the Congressman has championed on clean water infrastructure, scientific integrity and environmental justice. “De...

Tonko, Castor Introduce Legislation to Electrify Households, Create Jobs & Lower Energy Bills

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) just introduced the Zero-Emission Homes Act, a bill that would provide rebates for the purchase and installation of electric appliances and equipment in single-family homes and multifamily buildings, with additional support for low- and moderate-income households. “Decarbonizing our homes is one of the key challenges we will...

Tonko Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Bill Advances in Major House Vote

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, cheered the advance today of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure provisions he authored and championed that build a national network of publicly accessible EV charging stations as part of the INVEST in America Act. “Climate is inextricably linked with infrastructure, it is impossible ...

Tonko Calls for Climate Action in U.S. Infrastructure Push

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, today delivered a speech before the House of Representatives stressing the urgency of acting on climate through bold, new investments in America’s infrastructure. Rep. Tonko’s full one-minute can be read below. As one of only a handful of engineers in Congress, Rep. Tonko has long...

Tonko Advances Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate Bill

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko celebrated the introduction of his bill, the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Act of 2021. His forward-looking legislation would provide incentives to encourage U.S. consumers, as well as public and private entities, to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, driving expanding access to public and workplace charging stations, and encouragin...

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