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.


More on Energy & Environment

April 22, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Schakowsky issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day:

Earth Day is a reminder to think about the importance and value of the natural environment around us, but it is also a day when we commit to action.  Today, more than ever before, we need to recognize the opportunity that we have to protect our planet from the growing threat of climate change and promote alternative energy sources that will drive our economy into the future. 

March 26, 2014 Press Release

Yesterday, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed a new rule to protect the waters of the United States.  The rule would make clear that the EPA and the Army Corps have the authority and responsibility to protect smaller bodies of water from harmful pollution – an authority which had come into question due to recent interpretations of Supreme Court rulings.  U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04), and Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement on the proposed rule:

March 25, 2014 Press Release

Today, BP announced an oil spill from its Whiting Refinery has contaminated Lake Michigan.  State and federal authorities are still working to assess and contain the damage.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the news:

March 14, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Rush Holt (NJ-12) and two dozen of their colleagues sent a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that approval of the pipeline is not in the national interest and would be extremely detrimental to the climate.

March 6, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act:

“Today I voted against passage of H.R. 3826, a bill that would prevent the EPA from meaningfully regulating pollution from power plants – the country’s single biggest emitter of carbon pollution.  At a time when sea levels are rapidly rising and severe drought, wildfires, and hurricanes are happening with increasing frequency around the country, we owe it to future generations to take strong action against climate change.