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Energy and Environment

As a PhD scientist, I utilize my expertise to make thoughtful policy decisions on issues related to the energy and environment. We know that climate change is real and largely man-made. While some politicians claim it’s a hoax, most experts believe we will begin to see very significant economic, political, and social consequences from climate change if we do not act now. I support sound economic policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our environment for the next generation.  

Thanks to decades of federally funded research, we have made great progress towards energy independence. The growth and development of our modern economy during the last century raised our standard of living, but has also led to new challenges and environmental threats. It is our responsibility to develop a comprehensive response to address our dependence on fossil fuels, promote sustainable energy use, and invest in new energy technologies. Research at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois leads the way in the kind of innovation we need to make energy more efficient. These projects will help make batteries (including the ones we use in hybrid cars) more cost effective and more powerful.

My Work on Energy and Environment

Nov 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) called on Scott Pruitt to rescind a directive to remove scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory boards in a bipartisan letter signed by 61 Members of Congress. Last week, Scott Pruitt announced that scientists who received grants from the EPA could not serve on the EPA’s science advisory boards. These advisory boards inform regulations through the technical expertise these scientists provide. 

Jun 2, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster blasted President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and said it will financially hurt suburban companies.

Those at risk include Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont, which researches long-lasting batteries for electric vehicles to reduce emissions, and Ecolab. Nalco Holding Co., which has operations in Naperville, is a subsidiary of Ecolab and makes technologies for water and food safety and energy efficiency.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - This budget is a demonstration of contempt for hard-working families and a devastating blow to the United States’ position as a leader in science and innovation. It reveals the empty promises that the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress made to Americans to make our country great again. Instead of working to improve the lives of Americans, this budget will completely devastate programs on which so many rely and put our children’s future at risk. 

May 19, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) led a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt concerning the recent dismissal of several members of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) co-led the letter, which was signed by 70 Members of Congress.

May 6, 2017 In The News

One of Chicago's most venerated meteorologists joined a Naperville congressman, several scientists and a former EPA regulator at North Central College Saturday to discuss climate change data and urge individuals to take action.

May 6, 2017 In The News

A panel featuring WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling and physicist-turned-congressman Bill Foster told a supportive audience Saturday at North Central College that deniers of human-caused climate change are the equivalent of the people who caused thousands of deaths by denying the science on cigarettes decades ago.

Foster, a Naperville Democrat, helped organize the panel as President Donald Trump weighs a decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Apr 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) led a letter to President Trump to express concern over proposed cuts to the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The letter affirms the Office’s role in the preservation of innovation and continuance of American competitive edge in the global economy. It strongly encourages the President to reconsider budget cuts to the Office of Science. He was joined by 66 of his colleagues who cosigned the letter.

Apr 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Foster (D-IL) announced a bipartisan resolution in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) role in its promotion of nuclear security. The resolution confirms the agency’s role as an indispensable organization in nuclear safety and encourages the United States to play an active role to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

Apr 3, 2017 In The News

As the only Ph.D. scientist in Congress, I am honored to take my perspective as a scientist to Washington and make thoughtful policy decisions based on facts. It also means I have an obligation to speak out when our national policies deviate from sound scientific principles. Climate change is an urgent example of the need for more policymakers with a scientific background to speak up.

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - I strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to undo federal regulations that protect our environment. This order shows a fundamental ignorance of climate science and its importance to our country’s future. The vast majority of scientists believe that climate change is real and that it is largely man made. We elect leaders to look to the future to protect our best interests, but this order makes it clear that this administration is not interested in the long-term health of our planet or our economy.