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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Energy / Environment

Innovative policies that address some of our most pressing environmental threats are critical to creating a more sustainable future. Today, climate change is a real threat to our land, water, air, animals, plants and future generations. Congress can’t afford to sit back and continue to do nothing. We must take action now to protect our  public lands and waters, support and enhance the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, give the Environmental Protection Agency the tools and funding it needs to do its job, and prevent harmful legislation that denies the reality of climate change and its impacts around the world.
As a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), I have been a stalwart defender of the environment, supporting legislation that promotes clean energy development, reduces harmful carbon and methane emissions, and protects our public lands and wildlife. In addition, as a life-long member of the Sierra Club, I have been proud to stand up for our environment, a fact that is reflected by my 97% score on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2015 National Environmental Scorecard. I have consistently supported legislation that aims to protect our planet as well as the health of people around the world, while also supporting job growth and a strong and sustainable economy. Since coming to Congress, I have also introduced legislation to help keep our communities safe and better prepared for the impacts of severe storms. For example, the Urban Flooding Awareness Act addresses increased flooding in urban communities and aims to find solutions for the communities most impacted by flooding.
I understand that we cannot solve the climate crisis without realizing how interconnected its impacts truly are. Today, the results of climate change can already be seen across the world’s plant and animal populations. During my time in Congress, I’ve been proud to support wildlife and the Endangered Species Act, which, for over forty years has helped prevent the extinction of our nation’s wildlife treasures. More specifically, I have introduced legislation to protect and preserve migratory bird populations around the country. The Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act is a cost neutral bill, which will save the lives of millions of birds. This bipartisan legislation calls for each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate, to the maximum extent possible, bird-safe building materials and design features.
Protecting our environment is a top priority of mine and one of the reasons I entered public service. I will continue working with my colleagues to address the realities of climate change, and will dedicate my time in Congress to supporting legislation that protects our communities and develops strategies to combat the many threats facing our environment. 

Rep. Mike Quigley visited Loyola University Chicago to discuss migratory bird safety across and to learn what the university is doing to make buildings on its Lake Shore Campus more bird safe.

Rep. Quigley published an editorial in the Daily Herald on the global importance of clean drinking water on World Water Day.

Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke to his colleagues on the House floor about how scientists have discovered a number of “tipping points” where abrupt changes in climate could create a variety of national and global effects. 


More on Energy / Environment

Mar 16, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Great Lakes Task Force and Vice Chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) reintroduced the Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that provides the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Great Lakes Science Center with the dedicated funding it needs to conduct critical research and support the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fishery industry. U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
Mar 14, 2017 Press Release
In a recent interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said carbon dioxide is not a “primary contributor” to climate change. In response, Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC) and 32 of his colleagues will send a letter to Pruitt with educational materials outlining the basic established science behind climate change. As Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt must understand these non-controversial concepts, and this letter seeks to educate him.
Mar 9, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), released the following statement after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt denied the strong connection between carbon dioxide and climate change:
Mar 1, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) pressed the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) for strong and continued support for the construction of the McCook Reservoir Project in a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Douglas Lamont. An allocation of additional funding by the Corps is necessary to meet the December 31, 2017 deadline for completion of Stage 1 of the McCook Reservoir, which is required by the project’s consent decree between the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Feb 28, 2017 Press Release
Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), led his SEEC colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following a recent public statement made by his successor as Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, Darren Woods, regarding the validity and urgency of climate change action. Tillerson served as Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil from January 2006 to December 2016.