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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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October 5, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, today, the Natural Resources Committee is marking up H.R. 850 which grants an exemption from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in order to allow construction of a $700 million mega-bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin across the St. Croix River. This bridge would be located less than six miles from the eight lane Interstate 94 crossing of the St. Croix.

September 29, 2011 Statements For the Record

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Thank you to the Clean Air Act Coalition for bringing us together today and to Children's Hospital for hosting us.  We are here to call attention to a gathering threat to the quality of the air Americans breathe.

Clean air is something we all care about: legislators, doctors, teachers, parents and grandparents.  In Minnesota, we've always worked together on a bipartisan basis to protect our air quality. 

September 23, 2011 Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 23, 2011
Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

August 11, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Ducks Unlimited recently held its Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) meeting in Bloomington, Minn. to discuss DU’s conservation projects and initiatives.  As a portion of the meeting, DU invited CPC members, along with local members of the Minnesota congressional delegation and their staff, to attend breakfast meetings.  U.S. Representative Betty McCollum attended the meetings and praised DU’s conservation efforts.

July 27, 2011 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

S. 1134 would exempt $700 million "mega-bridge" over St. Croix River from federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

July 25, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, as a member of the Interior – Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I have great respect for Chairman Simpson, Ranking Member Moran and the staffers on both sides of the aisle. On one important aspect of this bill -- Chairman Simpson and Representative Cole have worked together with Democrats to protect critical education and health care investments in Indian Country as part of our trust relationship with the 565 tribes in this country.

July 13, 2011 Statements For the Record

I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 2018, the so-called Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act. It would be far more accurate to title this legislation the "Dirty Water Act" due to the damage it would inflict on our nation's waters.

June 1, 2011 Speech

Preserving and enhancing America's wilderness areas and the National Park System are priorities for me in Congress. As a member of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, I have a responsibility to be a thoughtful and diligent steward of these irreplaceable treasures so we can pass them to future generations intact.  Both Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are within the boundaries of Minnesota. Today, these protected areas are treasured by the people of my state and visitors from across the United States.

May 27, 2011 e-Newsletter

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