Energy

As the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I believe in promoting clean energy and energy efficiency, modernizing our grid, investing in clean water infrastructure, and tackling the climate crisis. And I believe we can do so while creating millions of good-paying jobs in the process.. That's what the CLEAN Future Act, legislation I introduced with other leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would do. Another piece of legislation I introduced this Congress, the LIFT America Act, will invest in our infrastructure, including energy infrastructure while protecting public health. Critically, it includes $4.5 billion to replace lead service lines, with a priority on disadvantaged communities. 

Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by dirty air and water.  Low-income communities are more likely to be located closer to coal-fired power plants and, therefore, are more likely to suffer from health issues resulting from dirty air and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner cities experience more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to asthma than the general population.”  According to the American Lung Association, asthma attacks send African-Americans to the emergency room at more than three times the rate of white Americans and almost 1 in 10 African-American children suffer from asthma.

We need a sensible approach to our energy policy that promotes clean and renewable sources of energy, encourages investment in new energy technologies, and creates good-paying American jobs by making our country more energy-efficient and independent.  I will continue to work towards this goal and will never let profit come before health as we shape our energy policy for the 21st century.

More on Energy

Dec 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced two pieces of legislation honoring the late Hazel M. Johnson, widely known as the “Mother of Environmental Justice.”

H.R. 5340, the Hazel M. Johnson Congressional Gold Medal Act, would posthumously present Ms. Johnson with a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her achievements and contributions to the environmental justice movement.  H.R. 5343 would direct the Postmaster General to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Ms. Johnson.

Nov 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) applauded Committee passage of the “SAFER Pipelines Act of 2019” (H.R. ____), which was favorably reported, as amended, to the full House of Representatives by a vote of 30-21.

Nov 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at the full committee markup of the Safer Pipelines Act and other bills.

Rep. Rush's Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Nov 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.); Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.); and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Dan Lipinski (D-IL), officially requested the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of the operator of the Keystone Pipeline System as well as the federal agency that oversees it.

Sep 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at the hearing on "Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for the U.S. Building Sector."

Rep. Rush's Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery:

I want to thank you all for joining us this morning for this important hearing entitled: Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for the U.S. Building Sector.

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