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

Apr 10, 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 "Investing in America’s Energy Infrastructure: Improving Energy Efficiency and Creating a Diverse Workforce."
Apr 3, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced that the Energy Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday, April 10 at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building on a series of bills aimed at making Americans’ homes, buildings and energy infrastructure more efficient and cost-effective.
Mar 7, 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 "DOE’s Inaction on Efficiency Standards and Its Impact on Consumers and the Climate."
Mar 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) released the following statement today on the passage of the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2019 (H.R. 762).
Feb 27, 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 legislative hearing entitled “Clean Energy Infrastructure and the Workforce to Build It.”

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