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Fitzpatrick Stances on Environmental Issues

Fitzpatrick Stances on Environmental Issues

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Land & Water Conservation Fund:
When lawmakers are looking for ways to reduce spending, unfortunately programs like the Land &Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) are often targeted. While it is necessary for all programs to sharein the sacrifice in order to get our nation’s spending under control, one of the keys to preventing thegutting of the LWCF is to demonstrate bipartisan support for the program. I have been a leaderamong Republicans in rallying support for protecting the LWCF through letters to leadership,attempts to keep LWCF funding in the transportation bill, and by sending appropriations requestletters to the House Appropriations Committee. At every opportunity, I have voted to protect theLWCF this Congress, voting to both increase funding (FY12 Interior Appropriations bill) and toprevent a 90% cut (H.R. 1). As such, I have earned a reputation among my colleagues as one of thestaunchest defenders of this vital program.
 
Highlands Conservation & National Heritage Areas:
The Pennsylvania Highlands, which runs right through Upper Bucks County, is a heavily forestedregion seen as ecologically significant because, among other things, its dense forests serve toprotect and supply clean drinking water to more than 15 million people. It provides recreational andcultural opportunities to hundreds of locals and tourists every year, and has even been recognizedby the U.S. Forest Service as a “landscape of national significance.” In 2011 and 2012, I led theHouse effort to secure funding for the Highlands Conservation Act by authoring funding requestletters to the House Appropriations Committee. I am also an
original 
cosponsor of the HighlandsConservation Reauthorization Act of 2012.Additionally, I am an
original 
cosponsor of H.R. 4099, the National Heritage Areas Act, and amember of the National Heritage Areas Caucus. H.R. 4099 seeks to establish a coordinated NationalHeritage Areas system through the Department of the Interior. This program would help conservesome of our nation’s greatest treasures, including the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor,a large portion of which winds through Bucks County.
 
Delaware River Basin Conservation Act:
The 13,000 square mile Delaware River Basin is home to over 8 million residents, and providesdrinking water to 15 million people, including over half the residents of New York City. BucksCounty is situated in the heart of the Basin. As such, I am an
original 
cosponsor of H.R. 2325,Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, a bill to implement a plan to coordinate efforts among stateand local governments and organizations dealing with conservation of the wetlands and forests andflood mitigation in the Basin. A regional coordinated effort in the Delaware River Basin will ensure
 
 
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that our natural resources and our communities are protected. Through this legislation, we will beable to better manage and mitigate flooding that occurs all too frequently along the Delaware River.
 
Protecting ANWR & Public Lands:
Americans share ownership of roughly 600 million acres of land and water in the United States. Ibelieve that we have a responsibility to future generations to conserve and protect the nationalparks, forests, wildlife refuges and monuments our nation holds so dear.That is why I oppose opening the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil or gas drilling. Thatland was purposefully set aside for conservation by Congress and President Eisenhower, whopledged to preserve it so that future Americans would have the opportunity to marvel at the beautyand diversity it holds. During the 112
th
Congress, I have advocated to remove provisions fromlegislation that would open ANWR to drilling, and I will continue to oppose any attempts to drill inANWR.I have also repeatedly voted to protect our public lands, even when that means taking tough votesor voting against my Party. For instance, I voted against H.R. 2578, an Omnibus public lands bill thatwould have rolled back conservation protections on hundreds of acres of public lands across theU.S., and, most recently, I opposed H.R. 5544, the Minnesota Education Investment andEmployment Act, because it waived National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmentalreview requirements for a large land swap in the Superior National Forest.
 
Conservation Easements:
Conservation easements are successful tools that have received strong support in Washington andfrom various local groups, including the Land Trust Alliance in Bucks County. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1964, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, which would make permanent an importanttax incentive that encourages the purchase of conservation easements, Providing this tax incentivewill enable families that otherwise may not be able to afford this expensive process to donate theirland for conservation purposes and preserve their family heritage.
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Defending the Clean Water & Clean Air Act:
-Voted against
H.R. 3409, Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy InfrastructureProtection Act –
would have made unacceptable changes to Clean Water Act protections andloosened restrictions on Mountaintop Removal Mining-Voted against
H.R. 2018, Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act –
would have prevented theEPA from intervening if states were not abiding by the Clean Water Act.
 
 
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-Voted for
tougher, updated standards for offshore oil and gas drilling
to ensure protection of our oceans and marine wildlife (amendments to H.R. 4408, H.R. 3408, H.R. 6082, H.R. 2021, H.R.1229, H.R. 1230, H.R. 1231).-Voted against
H.R. 2354, FY12 Energy & Water Appropriations bill
, because it did not doenough to preserve the integrity of the Clean Water Act.
 
Mountaintop Removal Mining & the Clean Water Protection Act (clean air & water):
-Voted for two amendments introduced by Rep. Moran to
protect our drinking water fromtoxic mountaintop removal mining runoff.
-I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1375, a bill to protect our streams and rivers by requiring mountaintopremoval coal mining companies to properly dispose of the “fill material” generated by this coalmining process.
 
Abandoned Mine Land Fund:
-President Obama and the House of Representatives agree that AML funding to Office of SurfaceMining (OSM) “certified” states and continue to fund “non-certified” states should be reduced.Certified states (in the West) have received the bulk of the AML funding over the years and nowno longer need it, as their mines have been reclaimed. Non-certified states (those inAppalachia, like PA) will continue to receive funding for mine reclamation, and may haveincreased access as a result.-Additionally, there is broad consensus from fiscal conservatives and environmental advocatesthat this is the best use of federal mine cleanup resources. I introduced the House bill (H.R.3739) to resolve this issue.
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ENEWABLE 
NERGY 
 
 
Open Fuel Standards Act:
-The United States’ dependence on foreign oil has been cited by the U.S. Department of Defenseas the greatest threat to our national and economic security. We must take steps to weanourselves off of foreign oil I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1687, the Open Fuel Standards Act. This is abipartisan
 
bill to require car manufacturers (with their support) to manufacture vehicles capableof running on oil and at least one other type of energy. H.R. 1867 aims to increase energyindependence and strengthen national security.
 
Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit:
-I support extending the PTC for alternative energy. I have been very active in garnering supportfrom other Republicans and the Ways and Means Committee.

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