Conserving Our Environment
In New Hampshire, we are blessed with incredible mountains, lakes, and forests. I come from a family that has a long history of supporting conservation and wildlife in New Hampshire, and I cherished growing up spending time on Newfound Lake and enjoying all four beautiful seasons in the North Country. My family continues to appreciate the natural beauty of our state and I am passionately committed to preserving the pristine environment of the Granite State.
The Granite State is home to two National Parks, one National Heritage Area, eleven National Natural Landmarks, and 22 National Historic Landmarks. This rich natural and historical heritage plays a leading role in the tourism industry that is a main driver of the New Hampshire economy.
Conservation is also a hallmark of New Hampshire history and an important part of managing our forests and farmlands. I believe that we have a generational responsibility to protect our environment and ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with clean air and clean water. But I also believe that this important goal will help us strengthen our economy and create jobs right here in America.
That is why I am working with Republicans and Democrats to find commonsense solutions like these that will continue to grow our economy while preserving the health and beauty of our environment
- Defending Wildlife Habitat Grants: I introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill to increase funding for grants to protect wildlife habitat in forests and farmlands. Although my amendment did not initially pass in the Agriculture Committee, I continued to work with Republicans and Democrats, and my amendment was passed by the full House of Representatives to ensure that farmers and foresters can still count on the support provided by the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
- Protecting Conservation Easements: I am a cosponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 2807) which would make tax deductions and incentives permanent for landowners who permanently retire development rights on their lands. This will help protect forests, fields, and farms in New Hampshire and ensure that we maintain the natural landscape that defines the Granite State.
- Strengthening the Land and Water Conservation Fund: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important tool in protecting sensitive lands, wetlands, and water bodies—and at no cost to the taxpayers. I support robust funding for the LWCF and was proud to join many of my colleagues in urging the House Appropriations Committee to support this important program.
- Ensuring the Quality of Our Drinking Water: Clean drinking water is essential to good health. In July 2016, I cosponsored the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act (H.R. 2430), which would invest $20 billion over five years in wastewater infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
- Using Sustainable Energy: I am a cosponsor to a Climate Resolution that supports 50% renewable energy by 2030. This bill expresses the need to establish a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030 for the purpose of avoiding the devastating impacts of climate change.
To further my commitment to conserving our environment, I am also a member of the Congressional Bike Caucus, the High Performance Building Caucus, and the National Parks Caucus.
More on Conserving Our Environment
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releasing an important toxicology report about widespread water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).
Meeting with the League of Conservation Voters
** Cosponsored by 131 representatives and 39 senators – the most Senators ever to sign on a resolution formally calling for a cabinet official’s resignation **
** Follows repeated abuses of power and ethics violations by EPA Administrator Pruitt **
WASHINGTON, DC –Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in strong opposition to the Trump Administration proposal to allow drilling off New Hampshire’s coast. On Thursday January 4th, the Department of the Interior announced that it would move forward with a proposal to allow offshore drilling in the North Atlantic region.
WASHINGTON, DC –Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) today co-introduced legislation with Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) which would prohibit oil and gas drilling off the coasts of New Hampshire and other New England states.
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) is backing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, bipartisan legislation that would bolster state efforts to protect at-risk species. The bill would distribute $1.3 billion in existing revenue from offshore energy and onshore mineral extraction royalties to state-led efforts to conserve wildlife. Under the legislation New Hampshire would see an increase of $12,127,826.00 in State and Tribal Wildlife Grants funding.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on a new rule announced by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to end the Clean Power Plan:
**Legislation would limit environmental review of large energy projects and natural gas pipelines**
**You can watch Kuster speak in defense of communities impacted by energy projects here**
Each and every day my focus in Congress is how to work to improve the lives of hardworking Granite Staters and their families. From expanding economic opportunity and making sure our veterans have the services they need, to supporting our local farmers and combating the opioid epidemic, there are countless ways we can help those in our communities. But, when it comes to having peace of mind and economic security, access to quality, affordable healthcare is essential.
This week, I had the opportunity to meet with Granite Staters in Concord and Peterborough to discuss the issues important to their families. Unfortunately, New Hampshire is under attack by President Trump's misguided budget that would eliminate many programs critical to hardworking Granite Staters, and I'm fighting to protect those programs and resources.