Natural Resources, Clean Energy & Climate Change
“From the White Mountains to the Seacoast, to our pristine lakes and forests – New Hampshire’s natural resources are essential to our economy, our environment, and our way of life. I will continue to do everything in my power to take real action to combat the harmful impacts of climate change and to fight back against efforts to undermine critical environmental health and safety protections.” – Senator Hassan
Throughout her time in public service, Senator Hassan has worked to conserve our environment, combat the very real impacts of climate change, promote an innovative and affordable clean energy future, and protect our air and water.
Senator Hassan believes that it is long past time to address the existential threat posed by climate change, and she will keep pushing Congress to take real action. The Senator supports bold initiatives, such as creating a national target of 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030, as well as strengthening the clean energy sector and making buildings more energy efficient.
In an effort to promote a cleaner energy future and boost the state’s economy, Senator Hassan is working to expand renewable energy jobs in New Hampshire. The Senator introduced legislation to support the solar energy industry – the NET METER Act – to help states expand their net metering programs and lower costs for consumers.
Senator Hassan recognizes the vital importance of conservation, from protecting the White Mountains to cleaning up our lakes and rivers. As part of those efforts, the Senator joined in introducing bipartisan legislation – which is now law – permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve and maintain lands for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and recreational areas across the country at no cost to the American taxpayer.
Communities throughout New Hampshire, as well as across the country, are grappling with per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contaminants in their water, and Senator Hassan is leading the charge to ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans have access to clean drinking water. The Senator is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address PFAS contamination and has cosponsored legislation that would require the EPA to set an enforceable drinking water standard for PFAS chemicals. She also participated in the U.S. Senate’s first-ever hearing on PFAS contamination in drinking water.
Senator Hassan is also a vocal opponent of offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The Senator joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in introducing legislation to ban offshore drilling along the New England coast, as well as legislation to ban seismic testing — a harmful method of searching for oil and gas – in the Atlantic Ocean.
Senator Hassan will keep doing everything she can to protect our natural resources, combat climate change, and incentivize the use of cleaner, renewable energy to ensure that future generations can thrive.
September 17, 2021
ALLENSTOWN – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Captain Doug Miner of the New Hampshire Forest Protection Bureau, who was awarded the Smokey Bear Award for his tireless efforts in wildfire prevention, at a ceremony at the NH Fire Protection Bureau Regional Office in Bear Brook State Park. The Smokey Bear Award is the highest honor that one can receive for wildland fire prevention education, and Captain Miner was chosen in part because of his incredible efforts to coordinate the year-long celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday.
September 10, 2021
Senator Hassan, Energy Secretary Granholm, and Representative Pappas Highlight Importance of Clean Energy Investments in Portsmouth & Manchester
PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and U.S. Representative Chris Pappas held events in Portsmouth and Manchester today to highlight the importance of clean energy investments, including offshore wind and solar power, as well as the economic and workforce development opportunities associated with these clean energy investments.Read More
September 03, 2021
NH Delegation Announces Nearly $6 Million in Federal Awards for UNH & Dartmouth to Invest in STEM, Climate Research
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the U.S. National Science Foundation – with support from federal funds secured in the American Rescue Plan – has awarded the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College robust federal funding through the NSF Research Traineeship program. The program supports and trains graduate students and science and math professionals using specific research and development topics as focal points.Read More
August 20, 2021
Senator Hassan Op-Ed in Seacoast Online: How Coastal Resilience Can Help Save Hampton Beach and Our Seacoast
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, Seacoast Online published an op-ed by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan that highlights how the bipartisan infrastructure package that passed the Senate will help strengthen coastal resiliency and address climate change in New Hampshire. In the piece, Senator Hassan discusses the impacts of climate change on the state and how the infrastructure bill will help protect New Hampshire’s environment and economy.Read More
August 19, 2021
NH Delegation Announces More than $2.1 Million Heading to UNH for Scientific Research to Support Arctic Resilience & Improve Understanding of Space Weather
(Manchester, NH)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the National Science Foundation awarded the University of New Hampshire (UNH) $2,109,164 to support scientific research to better understand the impact of magnetic storms, or space weather, on Earth and bolster the Arctic’s resiliency and sustainability. Shaheen chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies which oversees funding for the National Science Foundation.Read More
August 13, 2021
Senator Hassan Visits Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant to Discuss Water Infrastructure Investments in Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
HAMPTON – Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan visited the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant, where she spoke with senior leadership at the plant, as well as community leaders on the Seacoast, about the water infrastructure needs that would be addressed in the bipartisan infrastructure bill.Read More
August 13, 2021
NH Stakeholders, Activists Hail Shaheen and Hassan for Historic Investments in Environment, Spearheading Water Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency & Coastal Resilience Priorities Included in Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) celebrated the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan infrastructure deal this week, which makes historic investments in the environment. Shaheen was a key negotiator around provisions related to water infrastructure – which she led with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) – and Senator Hassan spearheaded provisions related to coastal resiliency with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The bill also addresses the need to improve energy efficiency – Shaheen successfully included crucial provisions of her bipartisan energy efficiency bill with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in the legislation. The infrastructure package also builds on the bill introduced by Senators Hassan and Susan Collins (R-ME) – the Battery Storage Innovation Act. After the Senate cleared the legislation on Tuesday, New Hampshire environmental stakeholders and activists lauded the landmark investments:Read More