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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

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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.

September 12, 2012 Statements For the Record

[as prepared]

As you’ve already heard here today, H.R. 5544 is missing an awful lot of important detail & taxpayer protections -- creating major problems with its vague and unusual language.  One major omission in this bill is its failure to acknowledge the treaty rights of Minnesota’s tribal nations.  Treaty rights are a prominent concern in this land exchange because the unspecified lands under consideration in H.R. 5544 are all within the Superior National Forest, which is governed by the 1854 Treaty between the Chippewa nations and the United States Government.

September 12, 2012 Statements For the Record

[as prepared]

The House should not be spending its limited floor time on this bill.  The House should be debating the American Jobs Act – the President’s plan to put nearly 2 million Americans back to work without adding a dime to the deficit.

Instead, the Republican Majority has a land exchange bill on the floor that is completely unnecessary.  The State of Minnesota and US Forest Service have the authority they need to finalize this land exchange.  There is a stakeholder process underway in Minnesota to determine a proposal for land sale and exchange.

September 11, 2012 Press Release


What: USGS Coalition Congressional Reception Honoring Representatives McCollum and LaTourette
When: Wednesday, 12 September 2012, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building

August 2, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON (August 2, 2012) – A diverse group of people from across the country came together to honor and celebrate Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum (D, MN-4) as one of America’s Great Outdoors Congressional Champions during Great Outdoors America Week  in Washington DC.

July 9, 2012 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, this “do nothing” Republican-Tea Party Congress is killing jobs with its endless political games.  This week’s gimmick vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a meaningless vote to deny millions of American’s healthcare.  Meanwhile, this House’s failure to pass an extension of the Wind Energy Tax Credit to producers of all-American energy is killing jobs.  Roughly 37,000 American jobs in the wind energy sector are at risk.

July 2, 2012 Speech

Thank you Mayor – it is always good to be in North St. Paul.

Keith and I are here today, with the White House and Minnesota business leaders, to talk about the clean energy revolution in our state – and how to keep it going.  The wind turbine just behind us is generating clean, secure, renewable energy for the families and businesses in North St. Paul.  The people of this community are sending a message to everyone who drives by that they support wind energy and want to see more of it.

Wind energy is popular here and across Minnesota because:

June 27, 2012 Statements For the Record

[as prepared]

I rise in support of Mr. Moran’s amendment to strike the egregious policy riders from this appropriations bill..  There are many reasons to be disappointed in this bill, and removing the riders will not solve these fundamental problems.  Nevertheless, I support this amendment because it will prevent additional damage to our precious natural resources.

June 20, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  June 20, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149