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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

Energy and Environment

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger feels honored to represent a state that is home to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay as well as a district that features hundreds of miles of shoreline. He has been recognized nationally for his commitment to conservation and sensible approach to energy policy. Dutch believes:

Saving the Chesapeake Bay means saving jobs.

The Chesapeake Bay contributes $1 trillion to the economies of its 6-state watershed, including Maryland. Dutch supported one of the most aggressive Bay clean-up bills in decades – the Chesapeake Clean Water & Ecosystem Restoration Act – which requires states to meet strict pollution caps and authorizes new funding to reduce run-off. He has proudly secured millions of federal dollars for projects in and around the Bay, such as the reconstruction of menhaden and oyster habitats essential to improving water quality. 

A strong Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act will improve the quality of life for all Americans.

The public relies on the government to protect our only two universally-used resources: water and air. For decades, the federal Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act have been responsible for ensuring these life-giving resources are available for generations to come. Dutch has opposed – and will continue to oppose – unreasonable legislation and legislative riders that would weaken these acts as well as the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to enforce them. 

We must take an “all of the above” approach to energy policy.

Dutch is deeply concerned about our dependence on hostile foreign countries for oil. Our country uses 25 percent of the oil consumed in the world, but sits atop only 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves. So he believes all options – including wind, solar power and nuclear energy – should be on the table. 

Climate change is real and we must act now to mitigate its effects.

Scientific evidence has proven that human activity is contributing to global climate change. Dutch supported landmark efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent before 2050 by requiring polluters to purchase carbon credits to fund energy efficiency programs. He supports funding for programs to help manufacturers and farmers reduce their carbon output and tax credits to help American businesses and homeowners reduce their energy use and lower their utility bills. These investments can help substantially reduce pollution while creating millions of jobs, such as installing solar panels, manufacturing wind turbines and renovating homes.

Mass transit is a strategic investment that will keep American workers and American products on the move and reduce our carbon footprint.

Every American business and worker relies on dependable and efficient transit, including our highways, runways, railways and waterways. For every $1 billion of federal funds invested in transit infrastructure, we create or save about 34,800 jobs in some of the hardest-hit industries. Dutch always supports robust transportation funding during the annual appropriations process. He is actively working with partners in local government, as well as private investors, to determine how best to improve mass transit in the I-95 corridor, which is one of the most congested in the country.

Lake Berryessa Recreation Enhancement Act of 2016

Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act

Digital Coast Act of 2016

H.Res.637 - Carbon Tax

Families of Flint Act

Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund

More on Energy and Environment

Dec 9, 2016 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) — The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed bipartisan legislation that authorizes funding for our nation’s ports, harbors and waterways, including the Port of Baltimore. The “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act” passed in a 360-61 vote and is now under consideration by the U.S. Senate. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement:

Nov 30, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement regarding the treatment of protesters and the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline:

Mar 21, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Don Young (R-AK) last week introduced bipartisan legislation that will help local and state governments build coastal resiliency along the nation’s 95,000 miles of shoreline. The “Digital Coast Act” will provide coastal communities with updated mapping data that can be used to prepare for storms, manage floods, restore ecosystems and plan smarter developments near America’s coasts, harbors, ports and shorelines.

May 12, 2015 Floor Statement

"The House of Representatives has just considered yet another attack on the Clean Water Act and efforts to restore our nation’s watersheds. Today, I voted against the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would continue years of confusion about which waterways are covered by federal environmental protection laws and which are not.

May 1, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) –Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today supported more than $48.6 million in federal funding to protect Maryland’s environment and keep commerce moving through the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor. The 2016 “Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act” passed the House today in a bipartisan vote of 240 – 177. 

Feb 11, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued a statement on today’s vote against S. 1, or the “Keystone XL Pipeline Act,” which President Obama has threatened to veto.

May 20, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congress has passed bipartisan legislation authorizing funding for improvements to America’s ports and waterways that will help protect jobs in Baltimore, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said today. The conference report on H.R. 3080, the “Water Resources and Development Act,” which also authorizes funding for projects tied to drinking water, dams, levees and environmental restoration, just passed the House of Representatives in a 412-4 vote.

Congressman Ruppersberger released the following statement:

Jan 6, 2014 Editorial
For the last eight years, a proposed liquefied natural gas facility at Sparrows Points has threatened the livelihoods and even lives of the surrounding communities including Dundalk, Sparrows Point, Turners Station and Edgemere. We recently received word that the proposal is officially dead in the water, thanks to the persistence and passion of our local community leaders.
Oct 24, 2013 Blog
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed key legislation authorizing funding for improvements to America’s ports and waterways, as well as projects tied to drinking water, dams and levees, and environmental restoration.  It passed in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote – 417 to 3 – which is rare for such a substantive bill in today’s politically toxic climate. The bill now goes to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the Senate version, where I hope we can get the best of both bills.
Oct 2, 2013 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today applauded the demise of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Sparrows Point after years of community opposition. Virginia-based AES Corporation has filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicating it has decided to vacate its proposed facility and pipeline in Baltimore County.