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

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.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on legislative victories secured through his efforts in the recent appropriations package that will have immediate impacts on projects throughout New York’s 13th congressional district.


November 4, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NYRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on his bill, the Green Climate Fund Authorization Act of 2019, which commits the United States to provide climate financing to keep the planet under 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming and promotes environmental justice and human rights.


September 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement regarding the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) consideration of two fracking projects in Argentina.


“These projects would not only contribute to carbon emissions dangerous to our climate, but would also pollute water sources and local ecosystems, jeopardize public health, and violate the rights of nearby indigenous communities.” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).


July 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (R-NY-13) and Representative Paul Cook (R-CA-08) introduced the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), a national security bill to stop the flow of electronic waste (e-waste) to China. China regularly uses e-waste to counterfeit electronics while returning these dangerous faux products, including critical military equipment, back into the market.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in support of his resolution, H. Res. 367, recognizing the impact of climate change on vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the United States and around the world.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement upon passage of his amendment, the Espaillat Amendment on Environmental Justice to H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which calls on the U.S. House to consider the impact of climate change on communities of color and disenfranchised communities. The Espaillat Amendment on Environmental Justice passed the U.S. House by a vote of 237 to 185. The Climate Action Now Act, subsequently passed in the House as well.