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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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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.

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.