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

Oct 21, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her advocacy on behalf of rural economic development and energy independence by joining with the other members of the bipartisan Biofuels Caucus in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. They urged her to make significant changes to the agency’s proposed rule on renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They also called on the agency to use criteria found in statue to determine domestic biofuel volumes and follow Congressional intent when it passed the RFS.

Sep 10, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today Rep. Cheri Bustos applauded the announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that Illinois will be receiving funding through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program. The funds will be used to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers.  In June, Rep. Bustos wrote a letter to Governor Rauner urging him to apply for these funds. Then, in July, Rep.

Sep 9, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.

Jun 4, 2015
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Ron Kind continued their push for improved rail and pipeline safety last night by introducing an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that provides $500,000 in additional funding to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Jun 2, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Ron Kind and Congressman Mike Quigley urged federal officials to address the volatility of crude oil transported by rail following recent tanker car derailments in Illinois and across the country, including the derailment near Galena, Illinois in March.
May 29, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed long-delayed biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program:
Apr 10, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new deadline of June 1st to set Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets for 2014, 2015 and 2016:  

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.