Energy and Environment
At a time when we face high energy and gas prices and see the effects of global climate change in our daily lives, I believe that making the country more energy efficient will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also will position the U.S. to thrive in a twenty-first century economy. As a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, I am committed to preserving our environment through investments in clean energy capabilities. I subscribe to the notion that if we make investments in the short term, we can ultimately make our energy use more efficient in the long term. My goal is to modernize our energy technology through research and development of new technologies so that we can continue to create and manufacture goods while reducing harmful pollution and saving consumers money.
By reducing our carbon footprint, we also help preserve Wisconsin’s treasured natural resources. The Second District is filled with beautiful state parks such as Devil’s Lake in Sauk County, the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and the Ice Age Trail in Dane County. In addition, Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers, streams and natural prairie land have vital economic and cultural importance. I am dedicated to preserving our natural habitats and keeping our lakes and waterways clean so that future generations can continue to enjoy these landscapes.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) voted in favor of nine appropriations bills totaling more than $800 billion in federal funding.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the Congressional PFAS Task Force, voted to protect Wisconsin families from exposure to dangerous PFAS chemicals with H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act. This legislation seeks to address “forever chemicals,” which pose a direct threat to public health, and implement stronger protections against future pollution.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Labor Caucus wrote to President Joe Biden detailing their support for the American Jobs Plan, but outlining key labor-focused priorities that they would like to work with the President to additionally include in his infrastructure package:
Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), along with 43 House Democrats, sent a letter to President Obama expressing concerns about the potential conflict between free trade rules and the urgency to address climate change. In the letter, the Members urge the Administration to refrain from adopting trade rules, including those in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which empower foreign investors to challenge state and federal environmental protections.
Washington, D.C - U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, released the following statement applauding President Obama’s historic Clean Power Plan to help combat global climate change:
Washington, D.C - Yesterday, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) made public a letter from U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in which Ambassador Froman eased Republicans’ concerns that efforts to combat global climate change would not be included in the TPP. This runs counter to previous statements made by the USTR to Congressional Democrats and environmental groups. Rep. Pocan is calling on USTR Froman to clarify whether the agreement includes provision requiring certain standards.
Washington, D.C. — On Earth Day, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), members of the Safe Climate Caucus, introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act, H.R. 1902. The legislation is the strongest anti-fracking bill introduced in Congress to date and would ban fracking on public lands.
MADISON, WI—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today issued the following statement in celebration of Earth Day, which was founded by former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson:
WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense funding bill to make key investments in clean energy technologies that are critical to current and future military missions. Pocan’s efforts would support research and development to improve the safety of advanced batteries, and specifically lithium ion batteries, required for many of the Navy’s new capabilities. Lithium ion batteries, which contain no toxic chemicals, have up to three times the performance capabilities of other battery products.