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Environment & Energy

The environment — our air, our water, our land — is a sacred trust that we must protect and preserve for ourselves and future generations. Today, our planet is in peril because of climate change, which is already affecting Minnesotans and Americans.

As the Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I am a strong supporter of action on climate change and strongly oppose efforts to undermine our international commitments and turn the United States into an environmental rogue nation. In addition, I support full funding for environmental protections and oppose harmful efforts to weaken our bedrock clean air, clean water, and conservation laws. These are laws that protect the health of our families and our planet.

When it comes to energy, we must make smart decisions today to create green jobs and safeguard our environment. Instead of doubling down on fossil fuels, I support strategic investments in clean energy infrastructure, research, and education.

 

 

 

More on Environment & Energy

March 18, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement today following the decision by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to uphold the Trump administration’s revival of previously-cancelled mining leases in the Rainy River Watershed in northern Minnesota:

February 25, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, held a field hearing in St. Paul on Monday, Feb. 25, 2020, to gather testimony from stakeholders on funding priorities for Fiscal Year 2021.

Chair McCollum heard testimony from two dozen witnesses representing academia, tribes, government entities, and community groups. A recap of the witness testimony is below.

February 20, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after the State Department responded to a directive from Congress within the Fiscal Year 2020 conference spending agreement:

January 27, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, respectively, are questioning the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow Canadian mining company Midas Gold to conduct its own Biological Assessment to be used in the Environmental Impact Statement for the company’s proposed open-pit gold mine in central Idaho.

January 15, 2020 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), introduced legislation today to permanently protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) from sulfide-ore copper mining. The Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, H.R. 5598, protects 234,328 acres of federal wilderness lands and waters.  

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Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act (H.R. 5598)

Minnesotans and visitors alike know this universal truth: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a special place. From the pristine, clear waters, to the stillness and quiet that’s nearly unmatched anywhere else in the nation – this place is a refuge and source of adventure for thousands of people. In fact, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is the most-visited federal wilderness area in the U.S.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will hold public witness hearings on February 6 for non-tribal programs, and February 11-12 for tribal programs. 

December 27, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), released the following statement today after introducing H.Res.775, a resolution honoring the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear:

December 21, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement today after President Trump signed the FY 2020 funding package into law:

December 18, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement today after Twin Metals released its plan for a sulfide-ore mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: 

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