Environment

"I believe clean air and clean water are essential rights all Americans deserve—and they should never be sacrificed." - Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator

Protecting our Environment and Fighting Climate Change

Senator Gillibrand believes that protecting our environment is one of the most important responsibilities we all share. The United States must be a leader is reducing our dependence on fossil fuels by investing in renewable and sustainable technologies that will power our economy for years to come.  The threat of climate change is real, and New York is vulnerable to the effects of seal level rise and extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy if we do nothing to stop it.

New York is home to treasured natural resources from the Great Lakes to the Finger Lakes, the high peaks of the Adirondacks to the Long Island Sound. New Yorkers have a proud and rich tradition of conservation going back more than a century to Teddy Roosevelt, which values clean drinking water, good air quality, and public lands and green spaces that are preserved for future generations.  

Representing New York's Strong Environmental Tradition

Senator Gillibrand follows in the footsteps of great New York Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Hillary Rodham Clinton by serving on the important Senate Environment & Public Works Committee - giving New York a seat at the table on critical issues from protecting clean air and water to reversing the effects of climate change.

Senator Gillibrand is focused on strengthening the environmental standards that protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. She has fought to clean up the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, as well as protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive species.  She has also fought hard against efforts to undermine standards that require polluters to reduce their carbon emissions and toxic air pollution, and is working to ensure that harmful contaminants, including PFOA, are removed from our drinking water.  She led a bipartisan the effort in the Senate to ban harmful microbeads that threaten the health of our lakes and oceans.

Senator Gillibrand will continue to promote that rich heritage, developing new energy systems and technologies that will create jobs in our state and address the many environmental concerns, from reversing climate change to remediation of old industrial sites.