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.

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March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) tonight joined House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity, and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Early Saturday morning, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, life-saving legislation that will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, help families stay afloat, return children safely to the classroom, and put people back to work.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC –U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) questioned Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell in the House Committee on Financial Services (FSC) about the systemic risks climate change poses to the U.S. and global financial sector and what, if any, action the Fed is taking to mitigate that risk.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after being reappointed to the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis as President Biden took unprecedented executive actions to tackle the climate crisis and restore scientific integrity across the federal government.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced it has paused publication of a rule finalized under the Trump administration that would serve to limit banks’ ability to account for climate-related financial risks and discourage banks from adopting risk-based policies prohibiting lending to certain lines of business.

January 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after President Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement hours after being sworn into office.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Casten said, “After four years of corruption, cruelty, and deadly incompetence in the White House, today marks the beginning of a new day for America. With today’s swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris, glass ceilings will be shattered, and a new era of truth-telling and integrity will begin. 

January 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Cynthia Axne (D-IA), Bill Foster (D-IL), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Steven Lynch (D-MA), and Jesús G.