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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 Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I am a strong supporter of action on climate change. 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


Find information on H.R. 2794, the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, here.



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March 5, 2013 Statements For the Record


Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize this week as National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

The National Invasive Species Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn about invasive species in our communities and the risk they pose to our environments, economy, and native wildlife. These non-native plants, animals, and other microorganisms are costing our local communities, states, and the federal government millions of dollars each year. One species of concern for my district is Asian Carp.

February 12, 2013 Press Release


For Immediate Release:  February 12, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

January 30, 2013 Press Release


For Immediate Release: January 31, 2013
Contact:  Matthew Hilgart, (202) 579-4905

January 24, 2013 Press Release

Saint Paul, MN –On Saturday, January 26th, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) will host a town hall with Oakdale Mayor Carmen Sarrack, State Senators Chuck Wiger (SD43), Susan Kent (SD53), and State Representatives Leon Lillie (43B) and JoAnn Ward (53A).  The representatives will provide state and local legislative updates. Residents are welcome to join local elected officials and Congresswoman McCollum in conversation at Oakdale City Hall from 10:00 – 11:00 AM.

What: Senate Districts 43 and 53 Town Hall Meeting hosted by Congresswoman Betty McCollum

January 23, 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  January 23, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

January 16, 2013 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, 202-225-6631

WASHINGTON (January 16, 2013) – A contingent of 12 Members of the House of Representatives today filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in support of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Resource Extraction Rule. The rule is based on a provision in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

November 14, 2012 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, The American people expect Congress to work together to create jobs and grow our economy. We heard that message loud and clear in last week’s election. We have an opportunity to save 75,000 American jobs RIGHT NOW by extending the Wind Production Tax Credit.

In Minnesota, this tax credit helped create an entire industry that employs thousands of people from construction workers to high-tech analysts. All of these jobs are now under threat.

October 4, 2012 Press Release

Chicago (Oct. 4, 2012) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $1.4 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to reduce mercury exposure risk for women and children who live along Lake Superior’s north shore.  Excessive blood mercury levels have been documented in infants in this area. The funding will be used to improve health screening and to develop more effective fish consumption advisories.

September 14, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  September 14, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas (McCollum), (202) 225-6631

H.R. 6385 Designates Federal Lead Agency and Creates New Multi-Agency Effort

September 13, 2012 Speech

[as prepared]

Good afternoon to everyone, and welcome to Washington, DC.  Thank you to the US Geological Survey Coalition for this presenting me with this Leadership Award.  Thank you Harvey for your introduction.

I am proud to hail from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.  A state fortunate to have as much water above as below.  And home to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area located in the middle of a bustling urban setting.