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

November 14, 2019 In The News

The long-serving EPA scientist came to a House committee to defend a Trump administration proposal to limit the kind of science used in environmental rulemaking, but Democrats on the panel urged her to resist the change.

November 14, 2019 In The News

An EPA official defended the agency’s proposed “secret science” rule, but declined to answer questions about the basis for the rule, which has drawn criticism from environmental groups and other agency watchers.

Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, principal deputy assistant administrator for science at the Environmental Protection Agency, told Democrats on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee that she had to defer questions about statutory authority to other agency officials.

November 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), today at a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing questioned Dr. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisor and Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science for the Office of Research and Development, about the Trump Administration’s proposed rule that would significantly limit the amount of science and medical research used in policymaking by requiring scientists to disclose their raw data.

November 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), wrote a letter to Dr.

November 8, 2019 In The News

If you’re following political news, you’ve probably heard of the Squad, a group of four newly elected congresswomen advocating for progressive policies like the Green New Deal.

But have you heard of the New Democrat Coalition and its plans for dealing with climate change? In this episode of Political Climate, we hear from a lawmaker who is leading that charge.

November 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – President Trump announced the United States will begin the withdrawal process from the Paris Climate Accord, leaving America as the only nation to abandon the global effort to combat climate change.

November 6, 2019 In The News

Agriculture can play a key role in mitigating climate change, but more work is needed on methods of measuring the impact of changing farming practices.

“If we’re going to really make a difference” in combating climate change, “we need to have a metric we can count on,” said Fred Yoder, a former president of the National Corn Growers Association who grows corn, soybeans in Ohio. The difficulty, however, is coming up with reliable numbers for the wide variety of growing systems throughout the country.

September 30, 2019 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – Today U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after Sterigenics announced they will close the Willowbrook facility:

September 30, 2019 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL. – Last week, Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act of 2019. The bill would prevent the President from unilaterally dissolving Federal Advisory Committees – groups of scientists and academics that advise the executive branch on how to make their regulations evidence-based – without the approval of apolitical civil servants and a public notice and comment period.

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.