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Kuster Questions Energy Professionals, Advocates on Importance of Building a Clean Energy Economy

**House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee holds first hearing of the 117th Congress**

**The full Subcommittee hearing can be viewed HERE**
**Rep. Kuster’s full line of questioning can be viewed HERE**

Concord, N.H. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee, participated in a hearing entitled, "A Smarter Investment: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future.” The Subcommittee heard from energy professionals and industry experts on the current U.S. energy grid and the outlook for developing more incentives for clean energy production and use.

“For the good of our public health, our planet, and our economy, the federal government must take bold action to invest in a clean energy future,” said Rep. Kuster. “Innovative, creative efforts to build a clean energy economy, transition to net-zero carbon emissions, and remove carbon from our atmosphere will create high-quality jobs in New Hampshire and across the country and benefit not only our planet but also our economy and our communities.”

“I am thrilled to be returning to the Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee to continue my work advancing forward-looking, bipartisan legislation that tackles climate change and fosters clean energy solutions to today’s problems,” Rep. Kuster continued. “I will continue working in Congress to advance legislation to build the clean energy economy of the future.”

Witnesses at today’s Subcommittee hearing included:

Dr. Stephen W. Pacala
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

Ms. Paula R. Glover
President, Alliance to Save Energy

Mr. Craig Gordon
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Invenergy

Mr. Richard J. Powell
Executive Director, ClearPath Inc.

Mr. Daniel C. Camp III
Chairman, Beaver County Commissioners

Rep. Kuster is a strong advocate in Congress for preserving the environment and has been a leader in advancing clean energy. In the 116th Congress, Rep. Kuster introduced the Carbon Removal, Efficient Agencies, Technology Expertise (CREATE) Act to authorize a whole-of-government approach to research, develop, and demonstrate carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technology. Last year, Rep. Kuster unveiled her Clean Energy Agenda to address climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. Also last year, legislation Kuster helped introduce, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, passed the House and includes Kuster’s Protecting Communities from New PFAS Act, which she introduced last May. Kuster’s bill would prevent new PFAS chemicals from being approved through the EPA’s premanufacture notice system. In the 117th Congress, and through her role on the House Energy and Commerce and Agriculture Committees, Rep. Kuster is focused on advancing legislation to promote clean energy.

Congresswoman Kuster’s line of questioning can be viewed here, and the entire hearing is available here.