Home to the highest peaks in New England, New Hampshire is an outdoor paradise. From the famed Tuckerman Ravine to the countless ski resorts, trails and rivers spread throughout the state, there’s no shortage of ways to get outside in New Hampshire.
Protecting outdoor recreation and tourism associated with fall foliage, skiing, climbing, etc. is very important to New Hampshirites of all ideologies. Clean energy is very popular and gaining traction in the Granite State, too, but New Hampshirites are very wary of any legislation that looks even remotely like a tax, so candidates and organizations have had to use cautious messaging.
New Hampshire is the epitome of a “purple state.” The independent streak runs deep in the state, with consistent voting for divided government. Republican Governor Chris Sununu is one of the most popular governors in the country, but Granite State voters flipped the legislature in 2018 to both chambers being controlled by the democrats. On the federal level, Democrats have a stronghold on the Senate seat and 2nd congressional district. Though the 1st congressional district was initially thought to be a swing district, recent polling has democratic Representative Chris Pappas holding a comfortable lead on his GOP opponent.
Senator Shaheen has advocated for improving energy efficiency standards as a mechanism for combating greenhouse gas emissions.
Shaheen has been promoting and advocating for legislation that would direct the Trump administration to meet the standards set by the Paris Climate Accord.
Shaheen has worked across the aisle with Republican Senator Rob Portman to author and pass energy efficiency legislation that reduces carbon emissions and saves American families money in energy costs.
Shaheen says, “The verdict on climate change is in. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of 3,000 scientists from over 130 countries who have studied climate change for over twenty years, global emissions must be stabilized by midcentury in order to avoid the most catastrophic and irreversible consequences of climate change. Senator Shaheen is committed to enacting policies that will reduce carbon pollution by 80 percent by 2050”
Shaheen says, “Along with 10 other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, New Hampshire helped to form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first mandatory, market-based effort in the United States to reduce carbon pollution. It is now time for Congress and the President to follow New Hampshire’s lead and come together and enact a federal, mandatory greenhouse gas program to cut carbon pollution by 80 percent by 2050.”
Shaheen says, “Almost 30 percent of the energy we consume in the United States goes to powering our transportation sector, and improvements here are necessary to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Electric vehicles, hybrids, and improved vehicle efficiency standards can greatly reduce this reliance and help make our country more secure.”
Senator Shaheen believes the “first fuel” in the transition to clean energy is heightening energy efficiency standards. She says, “energy efficiency is a fast and economical way to deal with our nation’s energy needs and should be our ‘first fuel’ in transitioning to clean energy.”
Shaheen believes that investment in alternative energy will play a key role in addressing this challenge over the long term, but we can take an enormous and immediate step toward addressing our growing energy needs in a climate-friendly manner by enacting policies that encourage energy efficiency and foster greater conservation. See, e.g., Shaheen-Portman Efficiency Bill, 11 & 14.
Shaheen has advocated for national energy policies that place a greater emphasis on clean, alternative energy technologies. She says, “Clean energy technologies—such as wind, solar and biomass—have enormous potential benefits for New Hampshire’s economy, and can help us break our addiction to fossil fuels and put us on a path towards a clean, sustainable energy future.” Shaheen also supported the Recovery Act, which made one of the largest investments in alternative energy in our country’s history.
Shaheen has pushed for the extension of tax credits for renewable energy, investments in renewable energy technology research and development, and putting a price on greenhouse gases through a national climate program.
Shaheen has secured increased federal funding to preserve New Hampshire’s waterways, public and private forests, wildlife habitats, and recreational areas to safeguard the state’s open spaces and wildlife. Shaheen worked to get the Nashua River protected with a federal scenic river designation, safeguarding this river and its tributaries for future generations. She has consistently fought to block oil drilling off of New Hampshire and is leading bipartisan legislation to ban drilling and protect New England’s seacoast.
Pappas has expressed his commitment to combating climate change. He has said, “I believe it is critical that congress develop and pass thoughtful, innovative solutions to the climate crisis before it’s too late to mitigate the worst effects of the catastrophic changes that are already upon us.”
Pappas strongly opposed pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Advocating for the U.S. to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 by cosponsoring the 100% Clean Economy Act.
Pappas has been reluctant to support pricing carbon and has said, “I think there are ways that we can put the incentives in the right place. And so whether it is tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles, whether it’s ensuring that we develop a solar industry right here at home, we can invite offshore wind to be developed off the coast of New Hampshire, which could hold great promise for energy in our state. So I’m looking at an “all of the above” proposal that would allow us to make the transition that we need to make over the next years and decades to be responsible.”
Congressman Pappas supports a “multi-modal” transportation system. He wants to see reinvestment in a passenger rail system between New Hampshire and Boston, wants to revamp the public bus system, and build better cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
Pappas has discussed tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles.
Pappas has worked to secure investments in clean energy in New Hampshire.
As a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, Pappas secured investment for solar, wind, biomass, hydro, and geothermal projects through the state.
In Congress, Pappas has been fighting to expand incentives and tax credits so that our state can continue to take part in the clean energy revolution that is underway
Pappas has introduced legislation to bolster our nation’s renewable energy storage capabilities, a critical aspect of building a more resilient grid, reducing our carbon footprint, and fully realizing our nation’s renewable energy potential
Pappas has expressed that he is committed to protecting natural resources.
Pappas has aggressively opposed the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of landmark environmental laws, including by introducing a resolution highlighting the importance of protecting and strengthening the Clean Water Act.
Pappas has been a strong supporter of legislation to protect New Hampshire’s coastlines and public lands from oil and gas exploration.
Pappas says, “I am committed to protecting New Hampshire’s forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains, and doing my part to ensure that we leave our state better than how we found it.”