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

February 13, 2020 In The News

A House committee advanced a bill that would direct the Energy Department to boost its research on batteries and other energy storage for utilities to better handle increased wind and solar power.

February 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten’s (IL-06) Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019 was considered at the Energy Subcommittee on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Earlier this year, Casten introduced the bipartisan, bicameral bill with U.S.

February 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten’s (D-IL-06) Clean Industrial Technology Act (CITA) passed unanimously in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (SST). In July, Rep. Casten introduced the bipartisan, bicameral bill that would spur innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources and make American companies more competitive in the global economy.

February 12, 2020 In The News

Congressman Sean Casten is a first-term legislator representing Illinois’ 6th congressional district, located in the suburbs west of Chicago.

February 12, 2020 In The News

Washington (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the U.S. economy appears durable, with steady growth and unemployment near a half-century low, but faces risks from the broadening viral outbreak that began in China.

February 12, 2020 In The News

A freshman congressman is using President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday to shine a spotlight on the need to address climate change by inviting along a veteran of the Manhattan Project who’s now working on solar energy.

February 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (D-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.

February 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Trump’s $4.8 Trillion budget request for fiscal year 2021 (FY2021).

January 24, 2020 In The News

Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

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.