Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota


Environment, Energy & Global Warming

I believe we can live in a country in which everyone can breathe clean air, drink clean water, and eat food without toxins. Many Americans choose to embrace sustainable environmental practices, but history shows that we can’t rely solely on corporations and the free market to do what’s right. I believe it is the responsibility of government to take decisive action to protect our natural resources, enact sustainable policies, and promote a green economy.

We need a safe and clean planet for all communities, not just for some. I am a strong supporter of the environmental justice movement, which brings low-income communities and communities of color into the larger efforts to create a cleaner world for future generations.

We must make strategic investments in green technologies, provide strong incentives for companies to act responsibly, and make it more affordable for American families to adopt Earth-friendly lifestyle choices.

My top environmental priority is to address the very serious challenge of global warming. I support necessary policies that will help our country reduce its carbon footprint, transition away from reliance on fossil fuels, and implement a carbon cap and trade system.

More on Environment, Energy & Global Warming

Nov 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) sent the following letter to Nancy Lange, Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission: 

“Dear Chair Lange and Members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission:

Oct 11, 2017


WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement on Congressman Tom Emmer’s MINER Act:

“Congressman Emmer’s MINER Act is an attack on one of the most beautiful natural areas in Minnesota and undermines core environmental laws.  I am strongly opposed to this bill because we cannot put the fate of the Boundary Waters, one of the most-visited wilderness areas in the country, at risk with a blank check to multinational corporations.