Issues: Environment & Energy

Protecting Our Environment & Natural Resources

New Hampshire is a special place — with beautiful natural resources that bring visitors to our state and attract so many of us to make our lives here in the Granite State.

To keep protecting New Hampshire’s special places and quality of life, Colin will:

  • Invest in Solar & Renewable Energy Projects to Build Local, Clean-tech Jobs: Working on the state Executive Council, Colin has successfully championed energy efficiency initiatives and solar and renewable energy projects that now power the Manchester Airport and communities in Peterborough, Plymouth, Durham, and Berlin. Van Ostern is a strong advocate for clean energy, and he’ll increase investment in solar and renewable energy. He believes clean energy projects are critical for boosting our clean tech economy, limiting energy costs, protecting our environment, and creating thousands of jobs.
  • Ensure Public Access & Preserve Quality of New Hampshire’s Special Places: Colin used his role as an elected official to preserve the quality of key conservation easements on the Connecticut headwaters lands in northern New Hampshire which were threatened by an earlier version of the Northern Pass electric transmission project. Colin has similarly stood up against privatizing our state treasures like Cannon Mountain Ski Area and Franconia Notch State Park and he voted against the Mount Sunapee lease expansion plan because it did not include protections for ensuring Cannon and Franconia Notch as a publicly-managed state park. Colin actively enjoys New Hampshire’s state parks and wilderness areas for hiking, skiing, camping, and hunting every year.
  • Pursue Energy Projects Consistent with Protecting New Hampshire’s Natural Resources and Tourism Economy: Colin has not supported previous and current versions of the Northern Pass transmission line project over concerns that some of the remaining overland transmission towers would negatively impact New Hampshire’s tourism economy. Meanwhile, he has supported renewable energy projects like new wind turbines in Berlin and solar arrays in Peterborough, Plymouth, Durham, Portsmouth, and Manchester – all of which also had strong local support. He believes New Hampshire should join Maine and Massachusetts in bringing together stakeholders to explore the opportunity of offshore wind to help bring more clean energy and local jobs to the region.
  • Safeguard Drinking Water and Public Health: In the wake of the PFOA drinking water contamination in Litchfield, Merrimack, and Bedford, Colin quickly and successfully joined state leaders to called on state agency staff to expand bottled water delivery to additional households, authorized emergency spending on well and blood tests, and personally visited community meetings on the issue. He is committed to ensuring the responsible parties fully fund all these efforts and are held accountable for any pollution they caused.


Paid for by Van Ostern for New Hampshire. Debby Butler, Treasurer.
P.O. Box 3931, Manchester, NH 03105 • (603) 232-5538