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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 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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Mar 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) re-introduced the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act to improve the safety, water efficiency and reliability of our plumbing systems.

Feb 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced the Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act with Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) to protect and preserve native plant species in national parks throughout the United States.

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Don Bacon (NE-02), and Matt Gaetz (FL-01), introduced legislation supported by both Republicans and Democrats to bolster America’s infrastructure and systems against the risks of extreme weather. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have also introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Jan 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved the Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment (SAFE) Act, legislation authored by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to protect American communities, natural resources and wildlife from extreme weather and climate change.

Jan 23, 2020 In The News

Evidence of the days when coal was king linger throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania in the form of culm banks.

The job to rid those piles of waste is in dire need of funding. Now, two local lawmakers in Washington aim to keep the work on track.

The work you see is an ongoing project, nine months and counting. With each truckload, crews are cleaning up what was the old Harry E. coal breaker that is now just an abandoned mine land site.

Jan 23, 2020 Press Release

Swoyersville, PA – At a press conference at the Harry E. waste coal site, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08), U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA-09), and state and local elected officials welcomed recent progress on legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to provide Northeastern Pennsylvania with long-term federal funding for the clean-up of unreclaimed abandoned mine land (AML) sites in the region.

Jan 15, 2020 Press Release


Washington, DC – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019 (H.R. 4248), legislation authored by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to ensure the clean-up of dangerous abandoned mine sites across the U.S. can continue. The committee’s vote clears the way for this legislation to be considered on the House floor.

Dec 20, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – Language from legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to help communities prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather incidents was included in the fiscal year 2020 funding legislation, which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump today.

Dec 20, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – The legislation that will fully fund the federal government through September 30, 2020, includes priorities fought for by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) that will improve the lives of Northeastern Pennsylvanians and boost the regional economy. Rep. Cartwright voted Tuesday to pass the funding packages in the full House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate passed the bills Thursday, and President Trump is expected to sign them today.