Environmental Justice

We are in a climate crisis. With increased natural disasters, a warming planet, and an Administration that prioritizes corporate interests over our communities, we need large scale action to combat climate change and ensure everyone has access to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. 

In Congress, my top environmental priority is addressing climate change and helping our country reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning away from a reliance on fossil fuels and moving towards a 100% clean energy economy. I am a strong advocate for policies that invest in renewable energy, champion green efficient manufacturing and uphold strong environmental protections. I’m also adamant that we must end the subsidies and tax breaks we currently gift to the millionaires and billionaires in the fossil fuel industry, and instead focus our federal investments in programs that will help build a healthier future for our children. 

We must also end the extraction of fossil fuels that disproportionately impact communities of color and indigenous communities. We must respect tribal sovereignty and stop the building of fossil fuel infrastructure through tribal land and treaty territory. I oppose fossil fuel infrastructure projects that perpetuate environmental racism—the disproportionate pollution and environmental degradation experienced by communities of color and indigenous communities.

As part of this push to transition to a clean energy economy, we must prioritize workforce training and job creation in renewable sectors in order to support the workers who currently depend on the fossil-fuel industry. The thousands of Americans currently working in the coal industry need a safe transition to jobs in the new energy economy - jobs that include a living wage, a union, and employer-sponsored benefits. I will continue advocating for workforce investments in things like clean energy training centers, relocation support and employment outreach services to ensure a bright future for both our environment and our people.

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More on Environmental Justice

September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sponsored two amendments that passed today in the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act.

September 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Omar, along with U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) and a coalition of grassroots groups; labor unions; Black, Brown and Indigenous leaders from across the country to introduce a bold plan for economic renewal known as the Agenda to Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy, or THRIVE Agenda. In the Senate the resolution is led by Senator Markey, Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Charles E.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today in the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Congress passed a provision to expedite the completion of the partial disposition of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock. The bill also includes provisions to address climate change, invest in key pieces of natural infrastructure, and assist minority, tribal, and rural communities. The provision was led by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN). 

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) together with Sen. Merkley (D-Ore.), Sen. Markey (D- Mass.) and Rep. Barragan (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to close tax loopholes and eliminate other federal subsidies for the oil, gas, and coal industries.

July 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after the U.S. District Court ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline. The pipeline will be emptied while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers produces an environmental impact review.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sponsored two amendments that passed today in the INVEST in America Act, the House’s bold infrastructure bill. The first amendment requires a report on barriers to public transportation faced by people in poverty. The second amendment requires the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth to conduct a study on the extent to which federal funds have expanded access to and adoption of broadband internet service by socially disadvantaged communities.

June 29, 2020 In The News

Our city, and our nation, are at a crossroads.

For years, we have marched, protested and advocated to end police brutality. In 2015, a 24-year-old black man, Jamar Clark, was shot in the head and died after a confrontation with two white Minneapolis police officers responding to a reported assault. In 2016, Philando Castile, a 29-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a police officer in a Twin Cities suburb while Castile’s partner and her 4-year-old daughter looked on.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced the ReWind Act, which would prevent the Trump Administration from bailing out the fossil fuel industry using CARES Act funds.

February 20, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS – Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement about the fire at a Twin Metals Recycling facility fire, after air quality in the Twin Cities was downgraded as a result of the blaze.

January 25, 2020 Event

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Join us for a Community Conversation hosted by Congresswoman Omar about public housing.

Featuring Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Commissioner Angela Conley, Dr. Brittany Lewis, and Margaret Kaplan.