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New York’s Tonko Has Hand in Many Climate, Environment Debates

March 5, 2019, 10:16 AM

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) asked hundreds of scientists, economists, business leaders, and others to offer climate change policy ideas more than a year before Democrats could turn them into legislation that could move.

Now Tonko, a former engineer and chief executive officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, aims to use those ideas to help craft comprehensive climate change legislation.

He can address climate and other related issues on multiple fronts: as chairman of the Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change and a member of both the Natural Resources and Science, Space ...