Climate Change

Climate change is real and it is in large part the result of human activity. It is the most serious threat to our environment, our health, and our way of life. We have taken some steps to reduce the risks of global warming, but much more can and should be done.

Scientists have predicted that dangerous and irreversible climate change will occur if the Earth’s temperature rises more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Already, we are seeing the drastic effects of climate change, with melting ice caps, species migrating north, unprecedented heat waves, and violent storms increasing in number and intensity. Higher temperatures could flood major coastal cities around the world, contaminate freshwater sources, and subject all people to dangerous rays from the sun.

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I support legislation to reduce the pollution that causes global warming, create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, and enhance America's energy independence. 

In August 2012, the Obama administration finalized regulations to double average fuel economy for American cars.  The agreement with the auto industry, labor and environmental groups means that the average car will travel 54.5 miles on a single gallon of gas by the year 2025.   The new standard will save the average car owner $8,000 over the life of their car.  It will also allow the U.S. to reduce oil consumption by as much as 2.2 million barrels per day by 2025.   That is more than half the oil we import from OPEC.   I commend the President for using his authority to set such this ambitious yet achievable standard. 

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June 11, 2019 Video
The Costs of Climate Change: Risks to the U.S. Economy and the Federal Budget


May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and a subcommittee Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, voted today in favor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 231-190. The bill takes the first steps in protecting our planet, by keeping the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement, demands real action from the Trump Administration on climate change, and lays the foundation for further, effective action by Congress.

Congresswoman Schakowsky made the following statement regarding the legislation:

March 27, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Co-Sponsors the Climate Action Now Act

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, co-sponsored H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, House Democrats’ new legislation that would require the United States to remain in the Paris Climate Accord and to develop a serious plan for how the United States will meet its commitment to reduce pollution.

April 22, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement to mark Earth Day 2018 and announced the reintroduction of the Water, Cosmetics, and Unwanted Pharmaceuticals (Water CUPS). The Water CUPS Act, H.R. 5548, seeks to examine the impacts of prescription drugs and cosmetics entering our drinking water supply:

December 14, 2015 Press Release

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.