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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.



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July 27, 2010 Statements For the Record

Secretary Johnson, thank you coming before the Committee today to testify. For over a decade and from my time as a state legislator in Minnesota, I have worked on the issue of what to do with our nation's nuclear waste. Minnesota ratepayers have already contributed $714 million to the Nuclear Waste Fund to find a permanent solution to this problem, and yet the U.S. government still does not have an answer on how to store the nation's radioactive waste. I am deeply frustrated by this.

July 23, 2010 e-Newsletter

This Week from Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Congress Extends Benefits for Long-time Unemployed Americans
Yesterday, July 22, the House of Representatives passed legislation to extend basic unemployment benefits that have been denied to millions of long-term unemployed Americans. The extension of benefits legislation passed with the support of 241 Democrats and 31 Republicans. It was immediately signed into law by President Obama.

July 21, 2010 Press Release

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

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.), and Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) introduced the bi-partisan Thermal Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act. The Thermal Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act would offer incentives to increase the use of district energy and combined heat and power systems to heat and cool buildings throughout the country. Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) are also original co-sponsors.

June 23, 2010 Press Release

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

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) joined 23 other Members of Congress in support of legislation that would give subpoena power to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling (H.R. 5481). The power to issue subpoenas would be part of the Commission's investigation. The ability to issue subpoenas will help the Commission get a full and accurate accounting of what caused the BP oil rig explosion and subsequent oil spill.

June 9, 2010 Statements For the Record

Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Res. 1330, recognizing June 8 as World Ocean Day. This is only the second year that World Ocean Day has been officially recognized. Unfortunately, now is a tragically appropriate time for all of us to recognize and honor our nation's oceans.

May 24, 2010 Statements For the Record

Madame Speaker, today I rise to congratulate the Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the organization. Since it was established in 1985, this group has been dedicated to serving and promoting parks and green spaces in St. Paul, Minnesota and surrounding communities.

May 13, 2010 Press Release

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

April 22, 2010 Statements For the Record

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we use - all of these are our planet's most valuable and irreplaceable resources. All  Americans - not just government and businesses - have a responsibility to ensure that present and future generations can continue to fully enjoy those resources," said Congresswoman McCollum. "In his efforts to preserve and protect our environment, Senator Nelson demonstrated the amazing power of a single person's ability to make a difference. His legacy of environmental awareness and activism will live on for generations to come.

April 8, 2010 Press Release

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

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement, regarding her support of the Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2010 (H.R. 4755). This legislation protects and preserves the Great Lakes. Congressman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) introduced H.R. 4755 on March 4, 2010, and 21 cosponsors have already signed on to the legislation.