Climate change is real and addressing it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It’s an economic and national security issue that affects all of us. With 130 miles of coastline, New Jersey will pay a terrible price if we don’t take meaningful action to end our reliance on foreign fuels and transition to a clean energy economy.
I have worked hard to bring people together to support our environment and clean energy economy. As Chairwoman of the Environment Subcommitteeon the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I have held hearings and led on legislation to address flood mitigation, lead in drinking water, climate resilient infrastructure, and scientific integrity. I secured passage of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law. This landmark conservation legislation will protect our public lands and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that has directly supported the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Morristown National Historical Park here in our district.
The residents of our community are strong supporters of the environment. It has long been an issue where we’ve come together in bipartisan agreement. From Superfund clean up to protecting the Great Swamp and Lake Hopatcong, our residents demand that our leaders be good stewards of our air, water, and land. That’s why I’ve worked with our local communities and pushed for more federal support to address harmful algal blooms at Lake Hopatcong and Superfund remediation in NJ-11.
But instead of leading New Jersey forward, the Administration is putting us further at risk – feeding us a false choice between creating jobs, fighting climate change, and keeping our air and water clean. They have rolled-back environmental protections that safeguard our drinking water, preserve our air quality, and keep our kids healthy.
Alternative energy sources like wind and solar can transform New Jersey’s energy sector, particularly in a state like New Jersey without a native fossil fuel industry. In Congress I have authored bipartisan legislation to increase energy storage capacity, grow our clean energy economy, and promote investment in innovation. I introduced legislation to tackle the issue of methane leaks, which is a significant contributor to climate change.
The East Coast has the best offshore wind conditions in the world, and the costs associated with developing offshore wind continue to drop. New Jersey is poised to be a leader in wind energy, and I’m working in Congress to ensure that barriers to renewable development are defeated. I joined the entire New Jersey congressional delegation in its opposition to the unnecessary risk posed by offshore drilling.
In Congress, I will continue to uphold our community’s commitment to our planet and grow our clean energy economy.