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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 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G.

Nov 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $22 million in federal funding to the Maryland Department of Transportation for the East-West Priority Corridor Project. Funding comes through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure for Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program.

Oct 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B.

Oct 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone today wrote to U.S.

Oct 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $3,683,392 in federal funding to support habitat restoration, habitat management, planning and implementation of projects in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay watershed. Maryland received more than one-third of the $10 million in new investments announced throughout the six watershed states and the District of Columbia.

Sep 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $1,048,475 in American Rescue Plan funding to assist educational institutions across Maryland in their COVID-19 economic recovery.

Sep 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $6,898,433 in federal funding to reimburse Baltimore City for the distribution of food and water to vulnerable city residents during the pandemic.

Sep 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) announced $123,641 in federal funding to expand the Community College of Baltimore County’s Transportation Training Center program from 18 students to 28 students.

Aug 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $93,289,392 in federal funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen Maryland’s ability to prevent and respond to climate change related natural disasters.

Jul 16, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined the House Appropriations Committee in passing legislation that includes more than $47.2 million to maintain and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor. The Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2022 cleared the Committee in a 33 to 24 vote and now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.