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. 

More on Climate Change

November 6, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced that he would reject the Keystone XL Pipeline project:

“I strongly support the President’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. As I have consistently said, Keystone XL is all risk, no reward, and I have consistently opposed its construction.

June 29, 2015 Press Release

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:

June 18, 2015 Press Release

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.

June 2, 2014 Press Release

Chicago, ILToday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new proposed rule that would require significant emissions reductions from existing power plants.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

May 6, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Schakowsky issued the following statement on the third United States National Climate Assessment, which was released this morning by the Obama Administration:

The third National Climate Assessment – the product of four years of work by the country’s leading scientists and technical experts – is the most comprehensive analysis yet of our changing climate and the risks it poses to human health and the environment.   It is both informative and alarming.