Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Energy and Environment

Congressman Cartwright recognizes the connection between the production of American energy and the strength of the American economy.  At the same time, he feels that energy production and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. 

Congressman Cartwright is fighting for an “all-of-the-above” approach to investing in American energy.  He believes in utilizing domestic resources in an environmentally responsible manner, finding newer, better uses for older forms of energy production, and investing in sustainable clean energy technologies to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District is blessed with abundant natural resources and wild areas.  From the Delaware River, one of America’s pristine waterways, to the Pocono Mountains, conservation of our abundant natural landscape is an important ecological and economic priority of Congressman Cartwright.  To help preserve and protect our water resources, the Congressman will fight to repeal the “Halliburton loophole,“ the provision in the Clean Water Act that allows companies to hide the chemicals that they use for underground hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” and work to revitalize areas that have faced ecological disasters.

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More on Energy and Environment

Jan 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright and U.S. Representative Peter Welch re-introduced the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act (H.R. 627) with the support of education and environmental advocacy groups and 43 bipartisan cosponsors.  First introduced in the 113th Congress, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act unanimously passed the House in 2014 and 2016.

Jan 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced legislation that would modernize our nation’s plumbing systems.

First introduced in the 114th Congress, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act of 2017 (H.R. 301) directs NIST to research how to improve the safety, water-efficiency, and reliability of our plumbing systems.

Dec 6, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Matt Cartwright’s Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2015 (H.R. 756) unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives.  First introduced in February 2014, the bill also unanimously passed the House during the 113th Congress.

Dec 2, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 6424), legislation that would invest in research to bring the data for U.S. plumbing standards into the 21st century, making our plumbing systems safer, more reliable, and more water-efficient.

The bill accomplishes this by directing the NIST to conduct research on plumbing systems.

Sep 29, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the Scoring Calculations for Our Residential Energy (SCORE) Act, legislation that will help homeowners better understand their home’s energy efficiency and give homeowners a clear, cost effective plan to save money and reduce their energy use.

Jun 16, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the bicameral Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act, H.R. 5500, legislation that would prohibit the practice of self-bonding nationwide.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Jun 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed that, while the United States has made steps to address weather-related disasters, numerous lessons can be learned from other countries across the world which have passed laws and have taken concrete strides to mitigate the risk of climate change.

Mar 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (RI) introduced legislation, in both the House and Senate, in an effort to modernize the Securities and Exchange Commission’s industry guides for oil, gas, and mining companies to improve climate risk transparency.

Dec 8, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed that, in the face of global climate change, more can be done in the United States to share useful climate data so that leaders at the federal, state, and local level, as well as those in the private sector, can better prepare for future extreme weather events and prevent billions of dollars in damages.
Nov 23, 2015 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Monroe County a $110,000 grant.  The funds will be used towards the Monroe County Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative.

The proposed project is expected to benefit residents by further minimizing the need for tax increases.  “The funding for the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Initiative is a victory for the environment and the residents of Monroe County,” said Rep. Cartwright.