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.
February 11, 2020
(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Clean Economy Act with Tom Carper (D-DE) and a number of other colleagues. The legislation will boost American competitiveness while putting the United States on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.Read More
January 29, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who voted to advance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the bipartisan bill implementing the trade agreement:Read More
January 10, 2020
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed major bipartisan legislation to address PFAS contamination in New Hampshire and across the country. In response, Senator Hassan issued the following statement:Read More
January 09, 2020
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored the Renewable Energy Extension Act to promote the use of renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions, spur solar innovation, and invest in thousands of jobs. The Renewable Energy Extension Act would extend clean energy tax incentives and ensure continued deployment, growth, and innovation of these technologies. The legislation was introduced by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).Read More
December 19, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statements after the Senate passed bipartisan government funding legislation. The package, which also includes key bills and tax fixes that the Senator has worked on, already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will now head to the President’s desk for a signature.Read More
December 11, 2019
NH Delegation Announces More Than $575K in Federal Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Rural NH
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that rural communities throughout the state will receive $577,276 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The funding will be awarded through the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) to the small businesses and farms listed below:Read More
November 20, 2019
Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce $7.7 Million in Federal Grants for NH Water Infrastructure Projects
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $7 million in federal grants to the town of Bristol and the Forest Park Tenants’ Association Cooperative in Jaffrey to invest in water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The grants were awarded by the Rural Water and Wastewater Loans and Grants Program at the USDA. The USDA also allocated the towns more than $12 million in federal loans to assist with the water projects. Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has historically worked to protect funding for this federal program during the yearly budget process.Read More