Energy and Environment

Tom is a leader on climate and clean energy in the Senate. He has served on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee since 2001, becoming Chairman in 2021. During his time on the committee, he has pushed to advance and defend commonsense policies that keep communities safe from harmful pollution and protect the environment while supporting job creation and economic growth.

Tom led the effort to enact the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which has cleaned up millions of old, dirty diesel engines to help save lives and improve public health. He helped broker the compromise that created our country’s highest fuel efficiency standards in a generation, saving Americans billions of dollars at the pump, and he successfully fought to enact a nationwide phasedown of powerful greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons under a Republican-controlled Senate and White House.

Tom strongly believes there is a moral obligation to be good stewards of the planet and to follow the golden rule. That is why he is focused on advancing policies that put our country on a path to achieving net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050 and leave no community behind in the process. As Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, he played a leading role in authoring and passing the Inflation Reduction Act, historic legislation that makes unprecedented investments in combating the climate crisis.

You can read more about his work on this issue here.  

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