Representative Sean Casten

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

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

September 18, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) along with The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by Chair Derek Kilmer, NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters, and the NDC Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild, released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change.

September 16, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied news reports that he instructed his administration to rebuke weather forecasters for contradicting his claim that Hurricane Dorian was a threat to Alabama.

"No, I never did that. I never did that," he said in the Oval Office. "That’s a whole hoax by the fake news media, when they talk about the hurricane and when they talk about Florida and when they talk about Alabama. That’s just fake news. … It’s a fake story."

September 10, 2019 Press Release

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August 21, 2019 In The News

Fracking, coal mining and climate change all illustrate the complexities of protecting the environment, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, said Thursday at a town hall meeting he hosted at Harper College in Palatine where environmental activists were among the attendees.

Casten, a freshman congressman who serves on climate-related committees and is co-chair of the New Dems Climate Change Task Force, went over pending energy and conservation legislation and answered questions. He is up for reelection in 2020.

August 8, 2019 In The News

A coalition of moderate Democrats is backing a climate plan that could draw interest from the business community for relying on carbon pricing and other market-based approaches to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The House's New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of about 100 centrist Democrats, released its principles today for addressing climate change, which the group called "a threat to the health, national security, economic prosperity, and future of our people and planet."

August 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Climate Change Task Force Co-Chair Sean Casten (IL-06), along with NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters (CA-52), and the other Co-Chairs of the NDC Climate Change Task Force, Reps. Don Beyer (VA-08), Elaine Luria (VA-02), and Susan Wild (PA-07), released policy principles to combat climate change with the seriousness and urgency this crisis demands.

July 30, 2019 In The News

Thanks to Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) and Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11) for organizing a three-hour climate forum at North Central College in Naperville on July 13. Panelist Tom Skilling presented compelling evidence on the imminent danger from climate change with many effects already happening, such as record flooding and record monster storms. The problem is so daunting it can lead to a feeling of helplessness and inaction.

July 30, 2019 In The News

It was one of his talking points on the campaign trail last year and it hasn't gone away.

Climate change is an "existential threat" to human life, 6th District U.S. Rep. Sean Casten says, and it's the problem around which he's built a career.

But now, instead of addressing climate change as the head of his own business, the Downers Grove Democrat is attacking the issue as a politician representing a large swath of the West and Northwest suburbs.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on his proposals and ideas to combat climate change and urged the Committee to pass key legislation he introduced, including his Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation, introduced with U.S.

July 25, 2019 In The News

New bipartisan legislation seeks to tackle a tough climate challenge: reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. industrial manufacturing sector.

A group of lawmakers in both chambers introduced legislation July 25 to target climate-warming emissions in a broad swath of manufacturing industries—including the production of materials like steel, iron, cement, and petrochemicals, as well as fuels for shipping and aviation.