Environmental Justice

We are in a climate crisis. With increased natural disasters and a warming planet--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

August 30, 2021 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS—U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), MN State Representative Heather Keeler (4A) and MN State Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-41) led a letter today with over three dozen Members of Congress and state lawmakers to urge President Biden to intervene to protect Indigenous sovereignty amidst the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. The letter comes after concerning violations of treaty rights by public agencies and private actors, ongoing violence against Indigenous women, and the catastrophic environmental impacts of the pipeline. 

August 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-05) led a bicameral group of lawmakers today in urging the Biden administration to immediately suspend the Clean Water Act 404 permit for the Line 3 pipeline. Their letter — written to U.S.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Norma Torres (CA-35), Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), and 16 Members of Congress asked President Biden in a letter to work with world leaders at the 2021 Climate Summit to address the growing needs of people displaced by the climate crisis.

April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Ahead of today’s Senate Budget Committee hearing on “The Cost of Inaction on Climate Change,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act to close tax loopholes and eliminate federal subsidies for the oil, gas, and coal industries. 

April 9, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement on President Biden’s FY2022 budget proposal. 
April 9, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Omar (D-MN) released an op-ed today with activist Tara Houska on the damage that would occur with the implementation of the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. 
February 3, 2021 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) today led a letter to President Biden urging him to stop the construction of a massive fossil fuel infrastructure project: the Line 3 pipeline. The letter comes after Rep.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on the agreement on a coronavirus relief package and end of year spending bill, which she plans to support.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released an report of her accomplishments in her first term, along with an end-of-year op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

December 16, 2020 Page

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