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.
More on Clean Air/Clean Water
This week, Republicans have ceaselessly attacked the EPA and undone regulations designed to protect our air, water, and public lands. Through his Executive Order earlier in the week, President Trump has replaced the Clean Power Plan with his own Dirty Power Plan. Today, House Republicans voted to pass H.R. 1431, a bill that would stifle the voices of scientists advising the EPA, and lent a microphone to corporate polluters. By doing so, they have further cemented their place on the wrong side of history.
Today, negotiators in Paris reached a major climate agreement. Rep. Schakowsky issued the following statement in response:
"I thank and commend President Obama, Secretary Moniz, Secretary Kerry, their staffs, and our global partners who achieved this monumental agreement. I believe it will go down as one of the crowning achievements of the 21st Century.
On Sunday, August 23, I was interviewed by Bill Cameron for his show, Connected to Chicago that airs on WLS-890AM.
Topics included the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Clean Power Plan, O'Hare airport noise, the Rauner budget cuts, the Papal visit and 2016.
Click here to listen to the interview.
CHICAGO – Today, the Supreme Court issued a decision overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule on mercury emissions. Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement:
Today, Pope Francis released the Papal Encyclical, calling on all of us to address the global crisis of climate change. But the Encyclical was not the only religious document this week calling for bold action. The Rabbinic Letter demonstrates that leaders in the Jewish faith share the commitment to meeting perhaps the greatest challenge of our time.