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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania


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 8th 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

Dec 2, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – On November 14, the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on Representative Matt Cartwright’s (PA-08) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019 (H.R. 4248). This legislation would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Trust Fund and enable states to continue restoring polluted and dangerous mining sites and spur economic development in depressed former coal communities.

Sep 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced legislation that will protect American taxpayers by prohibiting the dangerous practice of “self-bonding” in the coal sector.

Sep 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Reps. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Daniel Webster (FL-11) unveiled legislation on Tuesday to make sure Americans are prepared for extreme weather events, establishing best practices across the government in order to protect communities while saving taxpayer money.

Sep 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) introduced legislation on Monday to clean up America’s abandoned coal mines, by ensuring states have enough resources to restore polluted sites to their original condition and to spur new economic development in former coal communities. 

Aug 30, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PACongressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) is pleased to announce that the USDA is accepting applications for loan guarantees and grants to help small businesses and agricultural producers invest in energy efficiency.

These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill.  

Jul 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - On Thursday, Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced two pieces of legislation to hold oil and gas industries accountable to national standards for water and air protection.

Jun 5, 2019 Press Release
The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act would establish a pilot grant program at the U.S. Department of Energy to provide nonprofits with the resources they need to improve energy efficiency in their buildings.
May 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) introduced a bill on Wednesday to protect natural resources and wildlife from extreme weather and climate change.

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –On Wednesday, the Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the RECLAIM Act, a bill proposed by Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to advance economic development by helping communities revitalize lands that have been adversely affected by coal mining.

Apr 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Hal Rogers (KY-05), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), and Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to revitalize coal country by giving communities the funds they need to clean up abandoned mine lands.