Clean Air/Clean Water

I believe that all people have the right to breathe clean air and to drink clean water.  As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am committed to protecting and building on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to reduce pollution, improve public health, and protect our natural resources from degradation. 

I am a longtime defender of the Great Lakes, which represent 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water.  I have lived by Lake Michigan my entire life and am regularly engaged with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Army Corps of Engineers, and local authorities to protect it from pollution, invasive species, and those who would consider drilling in the Lakes for oil.  We must act aggressively to protect finite water resources for this and future generations.

I have also worked hard to reduce mercury use and emissions, which are especially harmful to infants and can undermine a developing child’s ability to walk, take, read, write and comprehend.  I introduced legislation to reduce mercury emissions and am a strong supporter of new EPA standards to reduce mercury pollution.  Those new standards will prevent up to 570 premature deaths in Illinois along, while creating up to $4.7 billion in health benefits in 2016. 

By reducing pollution, the Clean Air Act will help us address childhood asthma and improve public health.  It is also good for our economy, with $30 in measurable health and economic benefits for every $1 spent to reduce pollution by complying with EPA standards.

I will continue to work to improve our air, water and other natural resources and against actions to weaken environmental protection. 

Resources

Guide to the Clean Air Act

More on Clean Air/Clean Water

September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, made the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4447, Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act, by a vote of 220-185:

“While H.R. 4447 alone doesn’t meet the scale of investment needed to fully confront the climate crisis, the Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act makes needed reforms to update U.S. energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL), Chair of the Energy Subcommittee, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a co-chair of the House United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis introduced the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recover

September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Future Generations Protection Act. This bill would help ensure a rapid shift to clean renewable energy by stopping further expansion of fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted for H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive forward-thinking package which invests $1.5 trillion to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, tackling our global climate crisis and addressing disparities throughout the country. H.R.

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