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

January 30, 2021 Video

This week, I update you on the latest actions of the Biden Administration, and talk about some of the concerns we have within Congress of one of our own members.

December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Monday, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted for legislation to provide relief to families and small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation passed also includes comprehensive funding language to keep the federal government in operation through the 2021 fiscal year.

September 25, 2020 Video

Here is my latest weekly update for constituents. This week I discuss Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Climate Change, online extremism, and several other topics.

September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, made the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4447, Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act, by a vote of 220-185:

“While H.R. 4447 alone doesn’t meet the scale of investment needed to fully confront the climate crisis, the Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation Act makes needed reforms to update U.S. energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL), Chair of the Energy Subcommittee, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a co-chair of the House United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis introduced the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recover