Dan Maffei for Congress

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Protecting Our Environment

Protecting Our Environment

Central New York has a beautiful landscape with lakes, rivers, mountains and forests that are essential to making our region one of the truly great places in America to raise a family.  Just as we look after our family, we must protect our environment, and push towards energy independence by supporting solutions that move America to a renewable energy economy. 

Here in Central New York we have universities, companies and public-private partnerships in the forefront of clean, sustainable and renewable energy research and development that can reduce and eliminate the production of the greenhouse gases that research has shown to cause climate change.  We need to foster investment in important research and development with a smart energy plan that nurtures our growing industries, brings good jobs to Central New York, and helps these technologies become commercial and environmental successes.

Locally, our clean air and water are a valuable resource that will help move our economy forward for years to come. Our many farms, orchards and vineyards, as well as our year-round tourism and outdoor recreation industries depend on a healthy environment to survive.  We should never put these valuable resources in jeopardy for any fleeting, short-term gain.

I support the New York State moratorium on fracking and strongly support adequate regulations on fracking. I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of the FRAC Act, which would require that fracking is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and require companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking. We must ensure chemicals from fracking are fully disclosed so people know what is going into the ground.