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

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted for H.R.2 the Moving Forward Act, legislation investing more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis, and addressing disparities throughout America.

June 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive congressional climate action framework, highlighting U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) bills to promote grid storage technologies, make companies’ financial exposure to climate change more transparent to investors, create a program to reduce industrial emissions, and strengthen federal public housing efficiency standards as important tools in the effort to solve the climate crisis.

February 25, 2020 In The News

U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, who serves the 6th Congressional District, discussed on Thursday afternoon his accomplishments and goals before the end of his term with the Northwest Herald.

Using his tech expertise as former CEO of Turbosteam Corp. and Recycled Energy Development, using energy recycling technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and converting energy facilities to cleaner, more economic uses. Casten’s mission, he said, is to set legislative agenda to avert “climate catastrophes.”

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.