Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Energy and Environment

Keeping Energy Affordable While Protecting Our Environment

Affordable and reliable energy is an essential part of our economy and our quality of life.  We must move towards energy independence and cleaner sources of energy, while promoting a comprehensive plan that keeps energy affordable for the middle class.

I want to encourage the innovation and production of more fuel-efficient vehicles in order to reduce energy consumption and cause less harm to the environment.  Producing clean energy at home is a way to help clean up our environment, create more good-paying jobs for the middle class, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  I will also work to make sure oil companies do not collude and keep gas prices artificially high.  Gas should be affordable to help small businesses grow and our economy moving along.

More on Energy and Environment

Mar 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her rail safety advocacy following the train derailment near Galena by joining with Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) and 35 of her colleagues in asking Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Ranking Member David Price (NC-4) to support robust funding that helps ensure the safe transportation of energy products, including the shipment of crude oil.

Mar 12, 2015
Following her visit earlier this week to the BNSF train derailment site south of Galena to thank first responders, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, fought today to ensure first responders in local communities have the training and resources they need in the event of a train derailment or fuel spill.
Mar 10, 2015

Following the recent BNSF train derailment south of Galena, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called for renewing efforts to create the strongest possible safety standards for the transportation of flammable materials such as crude oil by rail.  In a letter to the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, the Illinois members cited booming oil production in the Bakken region and Canadian tar sands that have caused an exponential increase in shipments of crude oil.

Mar 9, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, called on the Obama Administration to act now to strengthen safety standards for rail tank cars carrying crude oil.
Feb 4, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced her support for bipartisan legislation that would reward hunters from across the country who donate wild game to food banks that help feed the hungry.
Dec 19, 2014

SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014

Nov 21, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that they will delay issuing a new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule in 2014:
Apr 29, 2014
Today, Representatives Cheri Bustos, Tim Walz and Rick Nolan met with senior officials at the White House to discuss the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Feb 6, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined a bipartisan coalition of other Midwestern Members of Congress in calling for a Congressional hearing on the current propane shortage crisis.
Jan 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos paid a visit to the Stephenson County Farm Bureau on Thursday to rally support among local farmers and biofuel advocates against a federal proposal to lower the level of biofuel blended into the nation's fuel supply.