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.
March 26, 2021
Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a number of her colleagues in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort across states including New Hampshire that uses market-based tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
March 20, 2021
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that several New Hampshire projects have been selected to receive funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the newly created National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which was established by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to support outdoor recreation, conservation efforts and address maintenance needs. As a result of the bipartisan GAOA cosponsored by Shaheen and Hassan that was signed into law last year, the LWCF’s now-mandatory, full funding of $900 million was allocated to projects and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 government funding legislation that became law in December. One of these projects is the Dundee Forest Legacy Project in Bartlett and Jackson, which has been allocated $2.3 million through the Forest Legacy Program from the LWCF for conservation efforts that will support wildlife, sustainable forestry and outdoor recreation opportunities.Read More
March 02, 2021
( Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire will receive over $8.75 million to support wildlife and sport fish restoration, as well as vulnerable species conservation, through the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The funding will help state wildlife agencies pursue conservation projects and programs, including support for hunting and fishing education, fish and wildlife management, scientific research, habitat restoration and protection and more.Read More
March 02, 2021
( Today, 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 Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the NSF will award $243,760 to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in support of climate change research. Specifically, the funding would support efforts by UNH to understand the impact of three significant global changes – climate warming, the release of nitrogen into the atmosphere, and invasion by non-native plants – on soil located in the American Northeast. These three factors have significant implications in New Hampshire and throughout the Northeast for economic activities and the survival of ecosystems that serve as natural habitats for native plant and animal species and could further accelerate the ongoing impact of climate change.Read More
February 11, 2021
NH Delegation Applauds Repeal of Last-Minute Policy by Previous Administration that Would Have Hurt Conservation Efforts in New Hampshire
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas applauded the Biden administration’s decision to repeal policy changes made in the final hours of the Trump presidency that would have hurt conservation efforts in New Hampshire. The repeal comes as the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation urged the Biden administration to undo this damaging policy by the previous administration, citing concerns that the policy would hobble New Hampshire’s ability to maintain and conserve its outdoor spaces.Read More
January 15, 2021
Public Lands in NH Benefit from Shaheen-Hassan Co-Sponsored Legislation that Fully Funds LWCF & Addresses Maintenance Backlog on U.S. Public Lands
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that five New Hampshire projects will benefit from funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund established by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to support outdoor recreation, conservation efforts and address maintenance needs. As a result of the bipartisan GAOA cosponsored by Shaheen and Hassan that was signed into law last year, the LWCF’s now-mandatory, full authorized funding level of $900 million was allocated to projects and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 government funding legislation that became law in December. In addition, Congress listed specific projects to receive deferred maintenance funding for FY 2021 from the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide up to $9.5 billion over the next five years to tackle deferred maintenance needs on public lands throughout the country. In New Hampshire, this backlog amounts to more than $43 million.Read More
January 14, 2021
Senator Hassan Statement on Reports that Trump Administration Has Weakened Safety Standards for PFAS Over Objection of Scientists
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released a statement following reports that the Trump administration overruled scientists and weakened safety standards for a certain class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Specifically, Trump appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed a safety assessment for PFBS, a chemical that has been linked to thyroid, kidney and reproductive problems at very low levels of exposure, that will make it easier for state and federal regulators to set lower clean up and drinking water standards for this dangerous chemical.Read More