Representative Sean Casten

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

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 18, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) along with The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by Chair Derek Kilmer, NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters, and the NDC Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild, released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change.

September 16, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied news reports that he instructed his administration to rebuke weather forecasters for contradicting his claim that Hurricane Dorian was a threat to Alabama.

"No, I never did that. I never did that," he said in the Oval Office. "That’s a whole hoax by the fake news media, when they talk about the hurricane and when they talk about Florida and when they talk about Alabama. That’s just fake news. … It’s a fake story."

September 10, 2019 Press Release

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August 21, 2019 In The News

Fracking, coal mining and climate change all illustrate the complexities of protecting the environment, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, said Thursday at a town hall meeting he hosted at Harper College in Palatine where environmental activists were among the attendees.

Casten, a freshman congressman who serves on climate-related committees and is co-chair of the New Dems Climate Change Task Force, went over pending energy and conservation legislation and answered questions. He is up for reelection in 2020.

August 8, 2019 In The News

A coalition of moderate Democrats is backing a climate plan that could draw interest from the business community for relying on carbon pricing and other market-based approaches to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The House's New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of about 100 centrist Democrats, released its principles today for addressing climate change, which the group called "a threat to the health, national security, economic prosperity, and future of our people and planet."

August 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Climate Change Task Force Co-Chair Sean Casten (IL-06), along with NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters (CA-52), and the other Co-Chairs of the NDC Climate Change Task Force, Reps. Don Beyer (VA-08), Elaine Luria (VA-02), and Susan Wild (PA-07), released policy principles to combat climate change with the seriousness and urgency this crisis demands.

July 30, 2019 In The News

Thanks to Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) and Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11) for organizing a three-hour climate forum at North Central College in Naperville on July 13. Panelist Tom Skilling presented compelling evidence on the imminent danger from climate change with many effects already happening, such as record flooding and record monster storms. The problem is so daunting it can lead to a feeling of helplessness and inaction.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on his proposals and ideas to combat climate change and urged the Committee to pass key legislation he introduced, including his Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation, introduced with U.S.

July 25, 2019 In The News

New bipartisan legislation seeks to tackle a tough climate challenge: reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. industrial manufacturing sector.

A group of lawmakers in both chambers introduced legislation July 25 to target climate-warming emissions in a broad swath of manufacturing industries—including the production of materials like steel, iron, cement, and petrochemicals, as well as fuels for shipping and aviation.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In light of recent developments regarding the potential re-opening of the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook, Illinois, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL-06), Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), Bill Foster (D-IL-11), and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) today urged the U.S.