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

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.

December 23, 2019 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS – Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released an end of year progress report of her tenure in Congress thus far, along with an op-ed and graphic.

November 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Homes for All Act today, which will dramatically expand the public housing stock in the United States and guarantee housing as a human right. The bill will authorize construction of 12 million new public housing and private, permanently affordable rental units, driving down costs throughout the market and creating a new vision of what public housing looks like in the U.S.