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 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten concluded his Hot FERC Summer campaign with a Dolly Parton-inspired speech by Casten titled “FERCin’ 9 to 5.” 

September 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C -- On Monday, September 13, at 5:45 p.m. ET Senate Majority Leader Schumer will join Congressional Democrats and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV)Climate Power, and the Climate Action Campaign rally together outside the U.S.

September 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman secured investments for the 6th District community and national climate research as part of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology markup of the Build Back Better reconciliation package.

September 2, 2021 In The News

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August 31, 2021 Press Release
Congressman Casten released the following statement on the climate crisis and the current storms affecting the gulf coast.
August 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL-06) voted to pass the budget resolution S.Con.Res.14 to advance the enactment of President Biden’s and Congressional Democrats’ Build Back Better Plan through the reconciliation process.

August 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Labor and Environmental leaders joined Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) today to call on Congress to make bold investments in the build back better budget that delivers for workers, communities, and climate change.  

August 11, 2021 Press Release
Downers Grove, Illinois — U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), and Congresswoman Marie Newman (IL-03) hosted White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy for a Midwest Climate Innovation Tour. McCarthy’s visit highlighted the economic impact of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and Build Back Better Agenda on the Midwest and the importance of climate and clean energy in the Midwest, especially when it comes to job creation, public health, and economic opportunity. Following the alarming report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Congress has a responsibility to include climate action bold enough to do what is scientifically necessary in any reconciliation package.