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As an avid outdoorsman and dad, I believe we have a responsibility to protect our environment and leave our community better than we found it. This is critical to preserving our quality of life for future generations.

That’s why I am a founding member of the Conservative Climate Caucus and have been a leader in Congress on issues like reducing emissions and addressing PFAS chemicals, including GenX.

Conservative Climate Caucus and Reducing Emissions

The climate is changing, and to address it, our country needs a commonsense approach that works by reducing energy prices, not energy choices; shrinking our emissions, not our economy; and, exporting American innovation, not American jobs.  Despite what liberal activists say, overregulating America will not lower emissions globally. In fact, 85% of all greenhouse gas emissions occur outside of the United States – a share that will increase to 90% by the end of the next decade. This means that U.S. climate and energy policy must foster innovation and commercialization pathways that work for New London, North Carolina, as well as New Delhi, India.

I support pro-market, innovative, and economy-wide policies that build on our nation’s progress in driving emissions to generational lows. Achieving emissions-reduction solutions are possible, and Republicans are leading the charge.

Over the past decade, conservatives have institutionalized big, bold goals anchored by clean energy breakthroughs as the best approach to solving the climate challenge. Higher taxes and more regulations won’t solve it!

As your Congressman and a member of the Conservative Climate Caucus, as well as a member of the House Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee, I will continue advancing solutions that strengthen our economy and improve our environment.

Thanks to free-market policy and private sector innovation, the United States is the global leader in reducing emissions (our country has reduced emissions in the last 20 years more than the next 12 countries combined), while Communist China now emits more greenhouse gases than the entire developed world combined. Leftist policies that ban fossil fuels, raise taxes on energy consumers and force taxpayers to heavily subsidize politically preferred industries only increase energy costs; while shipping American jobs to China where they become more carbon-intensive. Taxpayers deserve conservative policies that secure American energy independence, foster innovation, and allow the market to meet the demand for affordable clean energy – without crippling tax increases.

What I Believe

  • The climate is changing, and decades of a global industrial era that has brought prosperity to the world has also contributed to that change.
  • Private sector innovation, American resources, and R&D investment have resulted in lower emissions and affordable energy, placing the United States as the global leader in reducing emissions
  • Climate change is a global issue and China is the greatest immediate obstacle to reducing world emissions. Solutions should reduce global emissions and not just be “feel good” policies
  • Practical and exportable answers can be found in innovation embraced by the free market. Americans and the rest of the world want access to cheaper, reliable, and cleaner energy
  • With innovative technologies, fossil fuels can and should be a major part of the global solution
  • Reducing emissions is the goal, not reducing energy choices

Read more about the Conservative Climate Caucus here.

PFAS

As a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change, I've led efforts to combat PFAS chemicals like GenX, which has impacted the Cape Fear River region. This leadership spans numerous EPA administrators and administrations and includes:

  • Raising the issue of GenX with then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a hearing on Dec. 7, 2017 (Watch)
  • Ensuring the EPA began developing a plan for GenX on April 24, 2018 (Read)
  • Hosting EPA leadership in Fayetteville in 2018 and 2020 to hear directly from community leaders impacted by GenX.
  • In Sept. 2019, after my consistent pressure, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the EPA announced it will begin an investigation to determine what actions the EPA took to verify compliance with requirements of the 2009 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Premanufacture Notice Consent Order with DuPont [Chemours] to prevent release of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River basin. This investigation came after I questioned then-EPA Administrator Pruitt in April 2018 if GenX was used in a manner that was incompatible with the consent agreement under the TSCA. (Watch)
  • On Jan. 10, 2020, the House passed legislation I introduced as part of the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (Read)
  • In July 2020, I secured two amendments to increase funding for PFAS and GenX containment (Read)
  • In June 2021, I wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging him to address GenX and discussed the PFAS Action Act of 2021 during a committee markup (More)

 

More on Environment

July 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, that passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which Rep. Hudson supported, included two amendments he introduced to address the PFAS chemical GenX which has impacted the Cape Fear River.

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced an amendment this week to prioritize funding for community water systems affected by the PFAS chemical GenX. The amendment was made to drinking water provisions in the INVEST in America Act being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives today. Rep.

June 27, 2021 In The News

A bipartisan group of North Carolina representatives in Congress are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to require Chemours to pay for testing to determine how chemicals that might be connected to the company's plant in Bladen County impact residents and the environment nearby.

June 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) joined Rep. Deborah Ross (NC-02) in leading a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan last week urging the EPA to do more to test for PFAS chemicals, including GenX which has impacted the Cape Fear River region.

June 17, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON (WNCN) – Joining together in a bi-partisan letter, U.S. Reps Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Deborah Ross (D-NC) are pleading with the EPA to do more.

They want Chemours to pay for health and environmental testing of toxic chemicals used at its facility in Fayetteville.

“In particular people who produce the chemicals, who have access to the most information should care about the health and safety of people in North Carolina and across the country,” said Ross.

October 16, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) is applauding a petition filed this week by community groups urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require Chemours Co. to fund PFAS research. The petition asks the EPA to use the authority granted to it under the 2016 overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which Rep. Hudson helped become law as a member of the Environment Subcommittee in the U.S. House.
August 25, 2020 Press Release
At the invitation of U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler was in Fayetteville today to discuss updates on addressing PFAS chemicals. At a bipartisan roundtable, Rep. Hudson urged the EPA to complete a final toxicity assessment of GenX and discussed his most recent efforts to combat PFAS chemicals, including GenX, through two amendments he secured in the latest appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to study the relationship between PFAS exposure and COVID-19, and provide $2.4 million for the EPA to develop regulations to control discharge of PFAS in surface waters. This was the second time Rep. Hudson has hosted the EPA in Fayetteville to discuss PFAS.
July 24, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) has secured two provisions in the latest appropriations bill to address PFAS chemicals including GenX.
February 21, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed regulatory determinations for two of the most prominent PFAS chemicals under their PFAS Action Plan. As a leader on addressing PFAS chemicals including GenX and contamination in the Cape Fear River, Rep. Hudson applauded the EPA's announcement as a milestone.
January 10, 2020 Press Release
Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a leader on efforts to tackle GenX and address contamination in the Cape Fear River, released the following statement after the House passed his legislation as part of the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535).