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Franz Matzner, Associate Director of Government Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Franz Matzner

Franz A. Matzner is associate director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council. His policy background includes energy, climate, and forestry. He previously held the position of senior policy analyst for agriculture and the environment at Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS). Matzner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of the NRDC report “Safe At Home: Making the Federal Fire Safety Budget Work for Communities.”

Recent Posts

Denial by Any Other Name is Just as Dangerous

Posted July 2, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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It has now been about three weeks since the President formally unveiled the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan which sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of power plants.  Despite preliminary estimates showing...continued

Mitch McConnell: Politics or Profits?

Posted April 30, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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As Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a choice to make: support passage of a simple, bipartisan bill that will boost corporate profits and save consumers money or sacrifice these fiscal gains on the altar of his personal political agenda....continued

Congress: It's Go Time for Clean Energy Incentives

Posted April 30, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Congress failed to act last year and let a set of critical clean energy tax credits expire—putting clean air and clean energy jobs at risk. The good news is that earlier this month, the new chairman of the Senate Finance...continued

Tax Code of Honor: Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future

Posted April 1, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting Congress to let expire, including vital, commonsense policies that promote clean energy.  These...continued

Warning: Koch Kool-Aid Impairs Ability to Perceive Reality

Posted March 28, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Black is white.  Left is right.  Up is down. Clean energy jobs and healthy air are partisan issues.  Welcome to the world of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers and their big polluter allies – a reality in which millions of dollars...continued

Poll: Americans Want Energy Efficiency, but Will Congress Listen?

Posted March 3, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Not only do Americans overwhelmingly want energy-saving products – and energy efficiency to be part of our national energy solution – a new national survey shows the majority are more likely to support a member of Congress who voted for...continued

Updated Energy Efficiency Bill Tests Republican Resolve to Make Progress

Posted February 27, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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A painstaking four-year process to design a non-controversial but meaningful energy bill took another step forward today with the introduction of the latest version of the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act – commonly known as the Shaheen-Portman...continued

Momentum Building: 41 Lawmakers Offer Proven Guide for Action on Climate

Posted February 5, 2014 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Forty-one members of Congress representing 9 northeastern states have just added their voices to the chorus calling for action to curb the unlimited carbon pollution that is driving climate change. These leading lawmakers make it clear that acting on climate...continued

Balancing Act: EPA's RFS Public Process

Posted December 10, 2013 by Franz Matzner in Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The nation’s biofuels policies remain much in the news of late, in part because for the first time ever the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the volume requirements for both advanced and conventional biofuel, relative to the targets originally...continued

100 Years of Certainty and the Future of the Energy Tax Code

Posted December 4, 2013 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Congress has spent much of this year debating budget matters and the fate of the nation’s tax policy.  A central theme of any tax policy debate raised by just about everyone is “market certainty.”  The fact is that for the...continued

Putting Renewable Fuels Back on Track

Posted November 15, 2013 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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Recent headlines have placed a renewed spotlight on the nation’s primary tool to expand biofuels, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). There are a lot of folks who want to tell a simple, black and white story about biofuels and the...continued

House Republicans Mount Transparently Political Attack on Health & Environmental Safeguards

Posted November 13, 2013 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Over the last few years, House Republicans have unveiled the most anti-environmental, anti-public health legislative agenda in our nation’s history.  Thankfully, they have failed to enact the vast majority of their attacks.  Apparently trying to build support for their rejected...continued

Renewable Energy Standard 2.0

Posted October 31, 2013 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act introduced by Senator Markey of Massachusetts is truly a landmark bill that will create jobs and cut carbon  pollution by requiring electric utilities to obtain a minimum of 25 percent of their electricity...continued

Final Farm Bill Must Save Farmland, Farm Communities, Environment

Posted October 30, 2013 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Today the House and Senate launched formal negotiations on the fate of the nation’s food and farm policy.  The discussion during the House-Senate conference on the 2014 Farm Bill comes at a time of critical change and challenge for America’s...continued

Congress Returns: A Road Map for Environmental Progress

Posted September 4, 2013 by Franz Matzner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Congress returns from its August recess next week with a historic opportunity to make real progress on the nation’s environment and health.  Lawmakers will face critical choices on whether to advance a common-sense agenda that can help to protect our...continued

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