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.
June 15, 2021
(Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped introduce the?No PFAS in Cosmetics Act, which would ban the inclusion of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics products, such as makeup, moisturizer and perfume.?The bipartisan bill is led by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), and cosponsored by fellow Senators Angus King (I-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).Read More
June 09, 2021
Shaheen, Hassan Announce New Legislation to Clean Up PFAS at Military Installations with Highest Levels of Contamination
(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in introducing two pieces of legislation – the Clean Water for Military Families Act and the Filthy Fifty Act – that would direct the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify and clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at U.S. military installations with some of the highest detections across the country, including Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire.Read More
May 27, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee yesterday in advancing the Clean Energy for America Act, which included key provisions that Senator Hassan authored to combat climate change and support Granite Staters.Read More
May 21, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan group of 11 senators in calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in bottled water to ensure that bottled water products are safe for drinking. PFAS are pervasive and persistent chemicals that accumulate in people’s bodies over time, and exposure to these chemicals has been linked to cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility, and other serious health conditions.Read More
May 20, 2021
Senators Hassan, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers, Increase Energy Efficiency
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the bipartisan Home Energy Savings Act to help lower energy costs for families and reduce carbon emissions by expanding and extending a tax credit for energy efficient home upgrades. U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) also reintroduced the bill in the House.Read More
April 29, 2021
Senate Passes Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill with Senator Hassan’s Amendment to Help Combat PFAS Contamination
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined her Republican and Democratic colleagues today in passing the bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act. The bill included a provision that Senator Hassan authored to help communities combat water contamination, including PFAS.Read More
April 28, 2021
NH Delegation Announces More than $6.8 Million in Federal Funding to Conserve Merrimack River Watershed
( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the Merrimack River Watershed Council will receive $6,857,745 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The funding will allow the Council to protect source water areas along the Merrimack River watershed, revitalize habitats for vulnerable fish and wildlife species and boost climate resilience. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen has historically supported funding for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.Read More