Energy and Environment
As the United States is in the middle of an energy-production boom fueled by cheap access to natural gas, we have essentially become energy independent. Our new focus must be on transitioning to sustainable and renewable energies that will power our economy and protect our environment.
Jobs & the Economy
Smart, forward-thinking energy policy that focuses on conservation and renewable fuels will reduce costs for families and businesses and create jobs. Click here to read more…
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Global Participation and the Paris Agreement
President Trump’s misguided and harmful decision to exit the Paris climate agreement will lead us down a path to rising sea levels and destructive weather that will wreak havoc on our planet. Drought, climate refugees and competition over dwindling resources will destabilize global security. Click here to read more…
More on Energy and Environment
Washington, DC— Today, Representative Jim Himes (CT-04) introduced the National Green Bank Act. A National Green Bank would help establish and fund green banks across the country to make the investments necessary to pave the way to a sustainable future. These local green banks would be able to make financing in the form of direct financing support or credit enhancement for eligible energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower, fuel cell, and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure projects, among others.
Washington, DC— Today, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) that would change the designation of Weir Farm in Wilton and Ridgefield from a National Historical Site to a National Historical Park.
The change will better represent Weir’s complex cultural, natural and recreational offerings to the public. This prestigious status will also reflect the increased visitation, collaboration with partners, and public programming since the park’s original designation.
Washington, DC – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). The bill authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin navigation, flood control, storm damage, and other water-related infrastructure projects. Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) supported the bill.
On Friday, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) visited Weir Farm National Historic Park to celebrate the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. This bipartisan legislation will bolster the Land and Water Conservation Fund and help address deferred maintenance projects at National Parks across the country. Himes was joined by Peter Linderoth from Save the Sound, Patrick Comins from CT Audubon Society, Mason Trumble from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and other supporters of environmental conservation.
Bridgeport, CT – Today, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) submitted testimony to Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) regarding the failures of Eversource before and after tropical storm Isaias that resulted in approximately a million Connecticut residents losing power, including tens of thousands who were without power for nearly a week. PURA held a hearing this morning regarding Eversource’s recently proposed rate increase, which should receive heightened scrutiny during the coronavirus crisis and until critical issues with Eversource’s preparation and response are addr
Washington, DC – Yesterday, The House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act by a vote of 310-107. This act fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund.
“Southwest Connecticut is a place of great natural beauty,” said Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04). “Our identity and economy are tied to the land, especially the Sound, and we have an obligation to conserve and improve the spaces around us.”
Washington, DC— Today, Representative Jim Himes (CT-04) along with 13 colleagues introduced the National Green Bank Act. A National Green Bank would capitalize eligible green banks set up by states, counties, and municipalities. These local green banks would be able to make financing in the form of direct financing support or credit enhancement for eligible energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower, fuel cell, and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure projects, among others.
WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on the need for immediate federal assistance for Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria:
America’s national security and economic prosperity demand that we take charge of our energy future. Unprecedented storms and increased flooding along the coast has threatened the integrity of our transportation infrastructure and made abundantly clear that climate change is taking its toll on Connecticut.
WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from teh Paris Climate Agreement:
"Pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement is a terrible decision that leads us down a path to rising sea levels and destructive weather that will wreak havoc on our planet. Drought, climate refugees and competition over dwindling resources will destabilize global security. Without a coordinated global effort to combat climate change, the future looks bleak.