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Protecting Our Environment & Growing The Green Economy

We have a solemn obligation to protect our environment and to take a sustainable approach to managing our natural resources. As the former president of a solar technology company, I know firsthand that the preservation of our air, water, and wildlife for future generations is not only a moral imperative, but also an economic necessity. I’m dedicated to a comprehensive approach to protecting our environment and supporting our economy at every level.

In our region, I’ve consistently supported efforts to remove pollution from the Great Lakes and prevent future degradation to our air and water. I’m opposed to any effort to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency and roll back the protections in the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

I’ve also been outspoken in my defense of the Region 5 Environmental Protection Agency office which is based in Chicago and oversees environmental protection in our region. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration considered abolishing the department, and firing all its environmental experts along the way. I joined with my colleagues and environmental advocates from the region to prevent this, and I’m glad to know the Region 5 office is still monitoring and addressing public health and environmental challenges in our area.

At the global level, President Trump’s most significant environmental policy was withdrawing our country from the commitments we made in the Paris Agreement on climate change. I believe the President’s decision was an enormous mistake, and I spoke out in support of staying in the Paris Agreement as an environmental and economic necessity for our country. That’s why the first legislation I introduced in Congress was a resolution calling for the US to stay in the Paris Agreement and to continue our environmental and economic leadership on the world stage instead of yielding it to China and other nations.

While the administration continues to roll back public health and environmental protections, I remain committed to developing the green economy and embracing its potential to create jobs and protect our environment.

More on Protecting Our Environment & Growing The Green Economy

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Congressman Ralph Norman, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Solar Caucus, applauded the inclusion of clean energy and solar provisions in the end of the year omnibus spending bill.  Not only do these provisions endorse a switch towards reducing emissions, but they support the 3.3 million Americans employed in the clean energy sector.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois’ 8th district announced today that he was appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.

“I am honored to be selected for the Assistant Whip position,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “This position is integral in rallying my colleagues together to pass important legislation. I look forward to bringing our diverse caucus together so that we can continue to pass legislation that will deliver meaningful results for working families across America.”

January 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today led a bipartisan legislative effort with Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) calling on Congress to prevent any future lapse in appropriations, and to permanently end government shutdowns.  

Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement: 

January 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown:

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was named Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. The announcement will give Krishnamoorthi jurisdiction over important pocketbook issues such as education, workforce development, income inequality, health care, consumer protection and data privacy through his role as chairman of the subcommittee.

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet claiming he’d freeze FEMA funding to address the California wildfires:

October 10, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement following Monday’s report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the arrival of Category 4 Storm, Hurricane Michael:

September 17, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement as FEMA fails to incorporate climate change impacts in its Risk MAP programs, flood maps, and other disaster planning systems:

September 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to fund Energy and Water Development programs through FY2019. Among several important provisions, this legislation increases funding for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) by 2.5% to $2.38 billion, and boosts funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) office by 3.7% to $366 million. In addition, this bill established the Solar Ready Vets Program, which prepares our nation’s skilled veterans for high-paying careers in the solar industry. 

September 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement as Hurricane Florence approaches the Atlantic Coast, just over a year after his September 11, 2017, letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Administrator Brock Long urging him to account for climate change impacts in the Risk MAP program and when drawing flood maps: