Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

Energy & Environment

Today, our nation faces unprecedented environmental and energy challenges. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am committed to promoting sustainable and renewable clean energy development, achieving energy independence through use of sustainable 21st-century technologies and increasing energy efficiency.  I am also a strong environmentalist and believe we have a special responsibility to protect natural resources and species, national parks and wilderness areas and the future of our planet. 

Having lived near Lake Michigan for my entire life, I have a particular interest in Great Lakes protection.  I am working hard to promote clean air and clean water, prevent global warming, and prevent toxic emissions that threaten public health.  More than any other issue, our approach to the environment will determine the health, well-being, and security of the American people and determine our ability to compete in the 21st century economy.


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December 17, 2019 Page

As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I strongly believe in protecting and promoting animal welfare. That is why I have supported numerous legislative efforts to protect animals from abusive environments. The humane treatment of animals also extends to wildlife. Deforestation, habitat destruction, and industrial development threaten vulnerable ecosystems. I strongly oppose the Trump administration’s efforts to rollback vital provisions of the Endangered Species Act—which helped save our country’s national symbols like the bald eagle from extinction.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, has reintroduced the Safe Hydration is an American Right in Energy Development (SHARED) Act of 2019. Part of the “Frack Pack” of bills to improve safeguards against the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, the legislation would require testing and reporting of water contamination near hydraulic fracturing sites.  The SHARED Act has been supported by a number of the nation’s leading public health and environmental organizations, including Clean Air Task Force, Clean Water Action, Earthjustice, Earthworks, E

June 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) reintroduced legislation to create an Office of Public Participation and Consumer Advocacy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As one of the lead agencies responsible for developing energy infrastructure and ensuring reliability of the electric grid, FERC has sweeping authority over the wholesale power markets and ultimate jurisdiction in the federal siting and permitting process for natural gas pipelines.