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

October 29, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) applauded the New York State Department of Financial Services for directing banking institutions in its jurisdiction to begin incorporating climate-related financial risks into their governance frameworks, risk management processes, and business strategies as well as developing climate-related financial risk disclosure. Rep. Casten, a former clean energy entrepreneur,  has introduced two bills that would accomplish these goals at the Federal level.

October 14, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – Today U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced the Tradeable Performance Standard Act, which would eliminate roughly 40% of U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 by creating tradeable emission allowances for the electric and industrial thermal energy sectors. In 2018, those sectors combined to emit roughly 2.7 billion tons of greenhouse gases – emissions that would be eliminated under the bill. U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) is an original cosponsor.

September 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) introduced the End Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies Act of 2020, which would remove unfair fossil fuel tax breaks. Specifically, the legislation would eliminate 11 provisions in the tax code that unfairly benefit oil and gas companies.

August 10, 2020 Page

Summer 2020 

  • Climate Action Town Hall with Rep. Kathy Castor

  • Town Hall with IRS Liaison Susan Gainous

Spring 2020

  • April COVID Town Hall with Drs. Landon and Murphy

  • April Town Hall with State Sen Laura Ellman

  • April Town Hall with State Rep Karina Vill

  • April AARP Teletown Hall

  • April Town Hall with Reps Foster and Underwood

August 4, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced the Efficient Vehicle Leadership Act, legislation that would combat the climate crisis by reducing transportation emissions, and save Americans' money by creating a financial incentive for consumers to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles. In 2018 the transportation sector was the largest single source of emissions in the United States, responsible for 1.9 billion tons of CO2 equivalent entering into the atmosphere.

July 14, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced H.R. 7417 the National Security Resiliency and Sustainability Act, which would enact President Obama-era standards to reduce emissions and increase use of clean energy sources for the Department of Defense (DoD) while maintaining military readiness.

July 8, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced H.R. 7240, the Housing Efficiency Standards Act, which would modernize housing energy efficiency requirements for federal housing to reduce emissions and combat the climate crisis.