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.
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.