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

May 28, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) questioned Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm during today’s Science, Space, and Technology hearing on Science and Energy Research at the U.S. Department of Energy.
May 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) addressed the House to honor the dedication to science of Jennifer Lauermann and her 5th grade class at Pleasantville Middle School in Burr Ridge, Illinois. 

May 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after President Biden announced an Executive Order directing federal agencies to analyze and mitigate the risk climate change poses to the economy. 

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 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.