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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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Sep 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today voted to pass a clean energy legislative package in the U.S. House of Representatives that includes his Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act (H.R. 762) to help schools cut costs and improve energy efficiency in their facilities. The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act is a comprehensive measure that would provide funding for renewable energy and grid modernization programs.

Sep 2, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) joined the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) and the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) as they announced $50,000 federal awards they each will receive to fund projects that will mitigate the effects the anthracite mining industry has had on the region’s watershed and ecosystems and to offset costs thrust on local communities.

Jul 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and Francis Rooney (R-Fl-19) introduced the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act. This bipartisan bill would establish a national monitoring program to provide researchers with better data on the extent of mercury contamination in the U.S., helping to inform where to target pollution reduction initiatives.

Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act with the backing of 13 of his U.S. House colleagues. This legislation, which would create jobs and help reduce energy costs for small and medium-sized manufacturers, was also introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

Jun 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis today unveiled a comprehensive framework to create jobs and combat the climate crisis, which incorporates 12 of U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright’s (PA-08) bills as critical tools in this effort – more than any other member of the U.S. House.

The action framework outlines ambitious and achievable policies to:

Jun 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced support for the sweeping new House infrastructure proposal unveiled this week, the Moving Forward Act, which includes two of his bills that would address the problem of abandoned mine lands in northeastern Pennsylvania and across the country. These bills would help eliminate dangerous health and safety risks like acid mine drainage, while making way for new economic development.

Jun 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) led a group of Congressional Democrats and Republicans representing Pennsylvania in introducing the Pennsylvania National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act.

May 6, 2020 Press Release

Hanover Township, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced the release of $500,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields program to the Earth Conservancy in Luzerne County.

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.