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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.

 

Read my letter to President Biden on the Line 3 project here

More on Environment & Energy

February 24, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) packed this week’s President’s Day District Work Period with four town hall meetings, listening in-person to more than 1,000 Fourth District constituents.

February 10, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) will hold a town hall discussion on climate change on Thursday, Feb. 23 on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. The town hall, which will include St. Thomas School of Engineering Professor Dr. John Abraham as a special guest, will address how we can continue acting on climate change in the face of the Trump administration’s anti-science, pro-fossil fuel stance.

February 10, 2017 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the volunteers, staff, visitors and supporters of the Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center in West Saint Paul, Minnesota on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the center. Founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge, the center has served as a pioneering venue for environmental education and a premier outdoor classroom for generations of Minnesota students.

February 1, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on Representative Rick Nolan’s letter encouraging President Donald Trump to overturn protections for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness:

February 1, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) was today approved by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to serve a second term as Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

January 26, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Democratic members of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee wrote to President Donald Trump on Thursday demanding more information about his freeze on Environmental Protection Agency grants.

January 23, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Environmental Protection Agency, released the following statement after media reports disclosed details of the Trump administration’s “agency action plan” for the EPA:

“The Trump administration’s secret plan for the Environmental Protection Agency would radically alter the agency into one that protects the profits of polluters and forsakes the public health of the American people.

January 18, 2017 Press Release

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is today considering President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt, the Republican Attorney General of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) — Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Environmental Protection Agency — released the following statement on the Pruitt confirmation hearings:

January 17, 2017 Press Release

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is today considering the nomination of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Department of the Interior, released the following statement on the Zinke nomination:

January 11, 2017 Press Release

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement urging the Senate to reject Tillerson's nomination:

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