Energy & The Environment


Energy, Pollution, and Public Health

Representing one of the densest districts in the country, and hailing from New York City, Congressmember Espaillat understands and appreciates the challenges of ensuring and adequate, affordable, and clean energy supply to the American people.  He is strongly supportive of implementing policies and increasing research and investment funding focused on developing and promoting energy efficiency, alternative and renewable energy sources, and reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses. 

Congressmember Espaillat recognizes the great importance of ensuring that the American people have access to clean air and clean water, and will oppose any attempts to roll back provisions in the Clean Air and Water Acts, as well as through other legislative vehicles.  He will focus on implementing policies that promote and protect a healthy environment, which is important to the public health of all Americans, while also preserving our nation’s diverse set of unique and cherished ecosystems.

National Parks and Public Lands

Protecting our national parks and public lands is important to Congressmember Espaillat.  These natural and cultural treasures, also known as “America’s best idea,” should be protected for current and future generations to enjoy.  They should not be exploited for the short-term profit of the few.  Many of these parks are home to delicate ecosystems that should be protected, not destroyed.  Congressmember Espaillat will oppose any and all efforts to privatize, drill on, or damage any of these magnificent places.

Congressmember Espaillat was proud to introduce H.R. 739, the This Is Our Land Act.  If enacted, this legislation would prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from constructing any new border barriers, including walls or fences, on Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior.  This is a common sense bill that will continue to protect our cherished public lands along the southern most parts of the United States.

Climate Change

Congressmember Espaillat listens to the experts when it comes to climate change.  The overwhelming majority of scientists and climate experts across the country and globe agree that climate change is real and that humans contribute to it.  The threat of rising sea levels and the increase in severe storm activity presents a unique challenge for district that is housed in New York City.  Recognizing both the immediate and long-term impacts of climate change, Congressmember Espaillat will be a strong supporter of policies and funding that seek to decrease human contribution to climate change in order to ensure that place like New York City remain safe for future generations. 

More on Energy & The Environment

July 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement applauding the passage of the Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement (EAGLE) Act out of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that includes two key bills he authored:  The Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) and The Green Climate

April 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in support of President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress.

Watch Rep. Espaillat's pre-joint address remarks.

March 11, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement following the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that will deliver vital aid to millions of Americans:


January 27, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY –El congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) ha sido designado para formar parte de tres paneles clave en el Comité de Apropiaciones de la Cámara de Representantes que supervisan los fondos para los programas federales de vivienda, transporte y ayuda exterior, así como las operaciones de la rama legislativa.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) has been appointed to serve on three key panels on House Appropriations Committee that oversee funding for federal housing, transportation and foreign aid programs, as well as operations of the legislative branch. A former member of the House Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, Espaillat will continue to play a key role in our nations diplomatic efforts as well as in a forthcoming infrastructure investment package.

December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) anunció una serie de victorias en políticas clave y financiamientos importantes en la legislación que establece el gasto federal.

El proyecto de ley, que se convertirá en ley como parte de un paquete de financiamiento del gobierno de fin de año, incluye miles de millones de dólares para programas y prioridades que Espaillat ha avanzado en los últimos años.

September 22, 2020 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) anunció una serie de eventos semanales de participación comunitaria a partir de esta semana, que se llevarán a cabo hasta el mes de octubre de 2020 en Harlem, Washington Heights y El Bronx. El Rep. Espaillat estará acompañado por funcionarios electos, líderes comunitarios y organizaciones locales durante de cada evento.
July 15, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced that he has successfully secured no less than $500 million for international climate financing through the Green Climate Fund. This funding will assist developing nations in the creation of programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the impacts of climate change on some of the most vulnerable global communities, and adapt to a changing climate.