Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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EnergyThe issue of Energy is important to our district and to my work in Congress.

The deadly Japanese earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi complex made us take a closer look at our own nuclear power industry.  Illinois operates eleven nuclear reactors at six different plants, more than any other state in the nation.  I toured the Dresden II plant recently and was assured that extra backup safety measures both on the plant site and away from it have been updated.  I continue to express concern over the management and storage of nuclear waste.  I have also expressed concern over the inspection process and whether inspectors are sufficiently independent of the companies they are charged to help regulate.

As the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, I will continue to fight to protect the US Environmental Protection Agency from being dismantled through Republican-led funding cuts.  Recent budget proposals seek to cut $3 billion dollars, 1/3rd of the EPA’s budget.  The same people who want to dismantle EPA are fighting to allow oil companies to keep $3.6 billion dollars in tax credits at a time when those companies are making record profits.  All this while average Americans struggle to pay for gasoline and Chicagoans pay the highest prices in the nation.  This inequity must not be allowed to stand.

The battle to protect our local air and water is on-going. I am strongly committed to maintaining The Clean Air Act, to promoting the Restoration of the Great Lakes, to passing the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, to regulating Greenhouse Gases, to safeguarding our water supply from contamination, and the protection of our planet from the ravages of manmade climate change.  These issues remain a top priority on my legislative agenda.

More on Energy

Apr 21, 2011 Press Release

CHICAGO –– Good morning Chairmen Rugai and Balcer and Members of the Committees.

I am elated to be here with you, this morning, having been afforded this opportunity to testify at your joint committee hearing in support of the Clean Power Ordinance. I would especially like to commend Alderman Joe Moore, of the 49th Ward, for introducing this ordinance last April.

Apr 15, 2011 Press Release

Hearing: Recent EPA Rulemakings Relating to Boilers, Cement Manufacturing Plants and Utilities

WASHINGTON –– "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to all of the guests attending today's hearing.

"Today we will hear testimony from a variety of stakeholders on proposed or finalized EPA rules regarding new, maximum achievable control technology (MACT) and other standards for power plants, cement facilities, boilers and incinerators.

Apr 13, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON –– Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to all of our guests for being here today.

Mr. Chairman, today we will hear testimony regarding the discussion draft of the so-called “Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011,” which would amend Section 328 of the Clean Air Act that addresses air pollution from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) drilling activities.

Apr 4, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON –– "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you, Chairman Jaczko, and all of the NRC commissioners for being here today.

"Although the devastating events that happened in Japan have been swept from the front pages in recent weeks, I can assure you that my constituents still have very real concerns regarding nuclear safety.

Mar 17, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON –– “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and I would also like to thank all of the panelists for being here today.

“Mr. Chairman, today’s hearing is entitled “The American Energy Initiative” but, ironically, earlier this week my colleagues on the other side of the aisle voted to
handcuff one of the agencies that has helped move America forward by promoting energy conservation and making our vehicles, appliances, buildings, and power plants more energy efficient.