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

April 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – During remarks before the Full House Foreign Affairs Committee Markup to address various pieces of legislation, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) spoke on H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, and the urgency to put forth policies to mitigate climate change and purse adaptation for vulnerable communities locally and around the world.


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*The following are remarks by Rep. Espaillat as prepared for delivery:

February 21, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – This week, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) provided an overview of his legislative priorities, agenda for the 116th Congress, and record accomplishments on behalf of New York’s 13th congressional district during this year’s State of the District event held on Tuesday evening at the Our Children’s Foundation, Inc. This year marked Rep. Espaillat’s third annual State of the District address since he was sworn into Congress in 2017.

December 6, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced his support of the “Green New Deal,” a proposal being touted by Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) aimed at overhauling energy use, reducing carbon emissions, and creating new jobs.