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

May 12, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – The House Financial Services Committee today voted to approve the Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2021. The bill, introduced by U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), would reduce the chances of environmental and financial catastrophe by requiring public companies to disclose more information about their exposure to climate-related risks. By increasing market transparency, this bill will empower investors to appropriately assess climate-related risks and help the market transition from fossil fuels to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.
April 22, 2021 In The News

Dive Brief:

  • Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., plan to reintroduce a bill Tuesday that would direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to tackle interregional transmission planning.

April 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and nearly 100 House Democrats sent a letter urging Senate Democrats to end the filibuster so that Congress can deliver on the promises made to the voters who gave Democrats control of the U.S. House, Senate, and Presidency.
April 21, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – During this week’s Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) questioned GOP witness Heather Reams on the harmful, market distorting tax subsidies provided to the failing oil and gas industries—a problem which he recently introduced new legislation to solve. These subsidies cost taxpayers $650 billion a year, and President Biden has also sought to end them through the American Jobs Plan.
April 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – During today’s Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing Congressman Sean Casten questioned leading climate experts on the devastating economic cost of climate inaction. Through his questioning, Rep. Casten highlighted the threat to the U.S. economy as projections show that climate change will put communities underwater.

April 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. U.S. Representative Sean Casten (D-IL) was joined by Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Bill Foster (D-IL), French Hill (R-AR), and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) in nominating distinguished Illinois scientist, Dr. Dieter M. Gruen for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Casten previously nominated Dr. Dieter Gruen on November 21st, 2019, Gruen’s 97th birthday and invited him to the 2020 State of the Union Address.


March 31, 2021 Press Release

Downers Grove, ILU.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) today released the following statement after President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. The American jobs plan will invest in America’s work-force, revitalize American manufacturing, ensure access to clean water, and build cleaner and more resilient energy and transportation sectors for generations to come. 

March 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.Today, U.S. Reps. Sean Casten (D-IL), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Donald McEachin (D-VA), and Katie Porter (D-CA) reintroduced legislation that would eliminate nearly a dozen of the most egregious tax breaks enjoyed by the oil and gas industry.

March 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) issued the following statement on the heels of a series of announcements from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Federal Reserve, Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on new climate-risk procedures and resources, signaling intensified focus on threats to the financial system posed by climate change.