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

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.
Jan 16, 2014
Today, Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem led a bipartisan group of 30 Members of Congress in expressing concern over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Jan 15, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to share her constituent’s concerns over the EPA’s recent proposal to reduce the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Nov 15, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Aug 15, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced that five agricultural producers and rural small businesses in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District will receive a total of $79,548 to reduce their energy consumption and costs and use renewable energy technologies in their operations.