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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

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 Ranking Member 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.

last updated: April 20, 2017

More on Environment & Energy

February 15, 2018 Press Release
"Once again, President Trump is putting polluters and their profits first and putting the health of American families last. Our air, our water, and our lands should never be a partisan issue. Congress must reject this Dirty Budget and infrastructure scam and work to protect our environment not destroy it."
February 12, 2018 Press Release
“The Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal is wholly inadequate to the task of rebuilding and modernizing our crumbling roads, bridges, waterways, and energy systems."
February 12, 2018 Press Release
“President Trump’s budget is emblematic of his Polluters First agenda: a devastating 24 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency that will make it impossible for the Agency to fulfill its mission to protect human health and our environment."
February 9, 2018 Press Release
"My vote last night supports education, environmental protection, and public safety, prevents layoffs at our Community Health Centers, extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and devotes new resources to the opioid epidemic and veterans’ health care."
January 26, 2018 Press Release
"Unfortunately, the Trump administration's decision to abandon a comprehensive and public Environment Impact Statement appears to demonstrate that an Interior Department hell-bent on advancing toxic mining is calling the shots about the future of this untouched wilderness."
January 5, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, and Democratic leaders of the Energy and Commerce and Transportation and Infrastructure committees sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt today expressing their serious concerns regarding a no-bid contract awarded by EPA to Definers Public Affairs.
January 4, 2018 Press Release
"In May, I joined a bipartisan group of House members urging Secretary Zinke to maintain existing policies that protect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from oil and gas exploration. Now, I plan to work with across the aisle with my colleagues and with concerned Americans to overturn Secretary Zinke’s disastrous decision and protect our coasts from dangerous drilling."
December 22, 2017 Press Release
“The Trump administration is blatantly dishonest and cannot be trusted. They are determined to sell, exploit, and destroy the American people’s natural treasures like Bears Ears National Monument, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and now our own Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park. For every Minnesotan and American who believes in conservation and values our national resources, the battle lines are drawn.”
December 19, 2017 Press Release
“In my 17 years in the U.S. House, I have seen few pieces of legislation as devastating as this Republican tax scam. In the year ahead, I look forward to joining millions of Minnesotans and Americans holding the Republicans who voted for this bill accountable.”
December 4, 2017 Press Release
“President Donald Trump has put Native American sacred sites and some of our nation’s most iconic places in the crosshairs of corporations who want to drill and mine on America’s public lands. Once again, President Trump is putting extractive industries before the best interests of the American people."

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