|Commitees||Energy & Natural Resources, Foreign Relations, Small Business & Entrepreneurship|
Leadership Sometimes to see the future you have to look to the past, Jeanne Shaheen’s history of environmental leadership has shown that environmental action doesn’t have to come at the cost of economic growth. As former Governor of New Hampshire Shaheen gets credit for developing the State’s first comprehensive energy plan, and established a “State Building Energy Conservation Initiative” that reduced carbon dioxide emissions. Shaheen also pushed passage of legislation requiring power plants to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury. Another set of “Energy efficiency” programs promoted by Shaheen helped residents and businesses save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Shaheen also succeeded at improving laws that increased water conservation and improved the safety and reliability of New Hampshire's water supplies. This is the kind of leadership needed today, one that intelligently serves the needs of citizens while understanding our role as environmental stewards for future generations. Senator Shaheen has supported legislation such as S. 940 (Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act of 2011), S. 2835 (International Climate Change Investment Act of 2009) and S. 5 (Cleaner, Greener, and Smarter Act of 2009).