Oil & Gas
Transitioning to clean, renewable fuels is the right choice for our environment and economy. I firmly oppose opening our most sensitive and treasured public lands to drilling. We must be careful not to make shortsighted decisions whose long-term ramifications could be the destruction of fragile ecosystems that can never be restored.
We should promote clean renewable resources like wind and solar power, and new technologies that help us use energy much more efficiently by putting in place the right incentives. Instead of subsidizing the fossil fuels of the last century by giving away $4 billion of taxpayer money each year to oil companies that are more profitable than ever, we should be investing in a clean, renewable energy future. We should promote domestically produced natural gas that is extracted in an environmentally-responsible way. That includes protecting water sources from pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing.
A great way to help transition Americans off fossil fuels is through more efficient cars. Regulations have been imperative to pushing automakers to innovate and improve the fuel efficiency of their fleets. By filling up less, consumers have saved thousands of dollars at the pump and emitted less pollutants into the atmosphere. The Trump administration’s proposal to freeze fuel standards will cause irreparable harm and stifle industry—something even automakers oppose.
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EVANSTON - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s Executive Orders issuing a moratorium on oil and gas exploration on federal land and water areas:
WASHINGTON – Today Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Future Generations Protection Act. This bill would help ensure a rapid shift to clean renewable energy by stopping further expansion of fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure.