Energy and Environment

Rep. Casten believes in prioritizing strong science-based environmental protections that deliver on the promise of clean air, clean water, and safe drinking water for all communities across the nation. 

He is a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), a group of more than fifty Members of Congress who are committed to protecting our environment, combating climate change, and growing domestic investment in clean energy. The Coalition is comprised of some of the foremost leaders in Congress on all issues related to protecting our public lands and standing up to polluters.

Great Lakes, Conservation, and Public Lands

Our nation is home to many natural wonders and pristine public lands, as well as unique and diverse ecosystems.  Representative Casten is committed to protecting these irreplaceable resources throughout our region and across the nation.  As the largest freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes are home to numerous marine plant and animal species, provide drinking water to communities across the region.  The Lakes support a $5-7 billion fishing industry. These valuable bodies must be protected from harmful pollution. As such, Congressman Casten has called for robust Federal funding to support the Great Lakes Regional Initiative and supports projects that would help to prevent the spread of harmful invasive species like the Asian Carp.

Representative Casten has joined in cosponsoring a host of bills to protect our public lands, promote conservation, and prevent the endangerment of fragile ecosystems.  He was a proud supporter of S. 47, the most significant public lands bill in over a decade.  That bill permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – a Federal program that has helped preserve thousands of acres of natural areas and create outdoor recreation in communities all across the country.

More on Energy and Environment

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 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 4, 2021 In The News

With significantly less funding for climate programs than the White House requested in the Senate’s nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, climate advocates are pinning their hopes on a budget reconciliation bill likely to pass only if Democrats can hold disparate wings of their party together.


July 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) continued his Hot FERC Summer series with a FERCalicious speech on the House floor and introduced the Right to Timely Rehearings at FERC Act with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).