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

February 5, 2020 Video

I spoke about the importance of protecting our Great Lakes, and in support of passing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act.

January 29, 2020 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Access to Medicines Co-Lead on Speaker Pelosi’s 8-Member working group, made the following statement after President Trump signed the United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement into law:

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.

December 13, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC – This week, the Chicago Congressional Delegation, led by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking them to take swift action to protect the Chicago shoreline.