Wahler Applauds Pallone for Addressing Climate Change

Local Congressman’s CLEAN Future Act is Monumental Green Legislation

January 28, 2020 – Piscataway Mayor Brian C. Wahler lauds the leadership U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. for his announcement of The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act and its expected steerage through the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee which he chairs.

“The CLEAN Future Act is a forward looking, pragmatic and comprehensive bill that will help America and the world reach a sustainable future,” Mayor Wahler said.  “I proudly join Chairman Pallone in his efforts to achieve 100 percent renewable energy use in our lifetime.”

According to a Committee summary of the bill, “Among the more novel approaches are a climate bank to help states, local communities, and the private sector transition to a clean economy, as well as a Buy Clean Program to move the economy toward low-carbon construction materials and products used in projects receiving federal funds…  The CLEAN Future Act seeks significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other harmful toxic pollutants in all communities, a fair and inclusive transition for all Americans, and long-term policy certainty – all while providing flexibility to respond to changing market conditions and technological advances.”

Mayor Wahler is especially pleased with the bill’s, “… reauthorizing and modernizing the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program to promote the use of alternative fuels, including electricity ...”

“As I have said many times, Piscataway is extraordinarily fortunate to have Chairman Pallone as its representative for his deep caring of our community and wise decisions for our country,” Mayor Wahler stated.

In May 2019, Wahler testified in his capacity as Mayor of Piscataway and as a leader with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in the full U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee on the great benefits of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG).

At that time, he noted that Piscataway Township has been on the forefront of utilizing clean energy.  The top of the Piscataway Public Works building has been outfitted with solar panels funded by more than half a million dollars in EECBG funds that Rep. Pallone secured for Piscataway in 2011.  He cited that since inception the Piscataway solar array has produced more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours for the Township, replacing fossil fuels and avoiding pollution of nearly 1.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide, more than 2,700 pounds of sulfur oxides and almost 13,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide.