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

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the other members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today pressed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler about their concerns about ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions at the Medline and Vantage facilities in Lake County. In a meeting with Administrator Wheeler, Durbin pushed for a timeline of regulatory actions by the U.S. EPA, and called on Administrator Wheeler to protect the U.S.

December 16, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — A freshman congressman, troubled by allegations of climate censorship by the President Trump administration, is attempting to make it harder for political appointees to scrub scientific information from government reports.

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) introduced legislation this month dubbed the “Stop Climate Censorship Act.” If enacted, it would require political appointees at federal agencies to provide data to back up any decisions to remove climate change content from scientific studies or press releases.

December 16, 2019 In The News

After participating in the United Nations climate conference in Madrid, Spain, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, told constituents at Barrington Village Hall that countries are working to get “more ambitious” when it comes to fighting climate change.

As a member of a Democratic congressional delegation led by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Casten attended the opening of the 25th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Convention on Climate Change, also called COP25.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Joe Neguse (CO-02), and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), introduced legislation to address climate censorship at federal agencies, the Stop Climate Censorship Act requires any political appointee at a federal agency seeking to remove content regarding climate change in a scientific study or press release to publicly provide the underlying scientific reason for doing so.

December 9, 2019 In The News

Democrats on Friday warned of the "existential threat" posed by climate change, hammering President Trump's inaction on the topic while vowing to move aggressively next year on legislation designed to tackle the global issue.

"The reality of the crisis has to be met with the actuality of action that we take," Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters in the Capitol, calling it "the existential threat to this generation."

December 6, 2019 In The News

An Illinois congressman who’s made climate change a key issue is back from the United Nations climate conference in Madrid saying that President Trump has abandoned the U.S. leadership role in taking on global warming.

December 2, 2019 In The News

President Trump isn’t going to Spain this week for a major international climate change conference. That isn’t a surprise, given everything he’s said and done when it comes to global warming.

Here’s something slightly more unexpected: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in the midst of a rapidly moving impeachment inquiry into the president, is planning to attend.

November 25, 2019 In The News

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) introduced a bill today aimed at assessing climate change risk in the financial sector, an emerging area of focus for congressional Democrats.

The legislation would require the Federal Reserve to develop stress tests to gauge how prepared financial institutions are to handle various climate change scenarios.

November 25, 2019 In The News

A group of Democratic senators, half of whom currently running for president, are supporting a new bill that would direct the Federal Reserve to formally factor climate-change risks into its oversight of large financial firms.

November 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (HI), introduced the Climate Change Financial Risk Act of 2019. The legislation will direct the Federal Reserve (Fed) to conduct stress tests on large financial institutions to measure their resilience to climate-related financial risks.