Climate Change

Representative Casten has made combatting climate change his top priority.

Families across the 6th District are already experiencing climate change through intensified storms, extreme seasonal temperatures, and a thinning of our biodiversity.  As a member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the House Science Space and Technology Committee, the Congressman is committed to following established science and finding practical, yet bold, solutions to the challenge of climate change.  

With this in mind, Rep. Casten was proud to cosponsor H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, aimed at preventing the United States from becoming the only nation on Earth not party to the groundbreaking Paris Climate Accords. H.R. 9 would also require the President to produce his plan on how to meet our national commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the agreement.

A former CEO of a clean energy company, Representative Casten has worked throughout his career to reduce greenhouse gas emissions profitably.  In Congress, he is continuing this mission.  

The cost of inaction is enormous, but Representative Casten recognizes that addressing climate change is an opportunity to invest in the energy infrastructure of tomorrow, making our businesses more productive and our economy more competitive globally. U.S. energy policy is complex and often convoluted which can have the practical effect of incentivizing existing energy sources at the expense of newer, cheaper, cleaner energy sources.  Congressman Casten is committed to pursuing targeted reforms that can promote a less carbon-intensive economy by removing existing legal barriers.

More on Climate Change

July 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) continued his Hot FERC Summer series with a FERCalicious speech on the House floor and introduced the Right to Timely Rehearings at FERC Act with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).

July 20, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) kicked off Hot FERC Summer with a floor speech inspired by Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” alongside the introduction of the Energy PRICE Act.
July 7, 2021 Press Release

Casten spoke to President Biden about the importance of tackling the climate crisis.

 

“When I met with the President today, we discussed the climate crisis and Iurged him to do what the science tells us is necessary to protect communities and prevent economic catastrophe. We’re lucky to have a President so deeply committed to tackling the climate crisis and I look forward to continuing to work alongside him to create a better planet for our children.” said Casten.

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) highlighted the need for market-based electric vehicle incentives to lower costs for consumers in the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing on "Transportation Investments for Solving the Climate Crisis."

 

Rep. Casten also emphasized the need to invest in Chicago’s rail commuter lines, which often face delays to freight trains.

 

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing on the grave and imminent threat climate change poses to the U.S. financial system—focusing on the dire need for federal regulators to build resilience within our banking and financial system to protect our broader economy.

June 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCToday, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to restore critical protections to limit methane pollution that were gutted by the Trump Administration.  The House took this important action by passing Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 14. Rep. Casten was a co-sponsor of the House version of this bill, H.J. Res. 34.

June 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) led the Illinois Congressional Delegation to invite National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy for a tour of Midwestern climate innovation.

June 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2021, H.R. 2570, legislation introduced by Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) to require public companies to disclose information about their exposure to climate-related risks. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has championed this issue alongside Casten, introducing the Senate companion bill, S.1217.

June 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL) and Mike Levin (D-CA) led a letter urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt rules requiring public companies to provide climate-related disclosures and analysis in their annual filings to the SEC.