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Issue Position: Environmental Sustainability

Issue Position


Keith believes the environment is a lens we should use to view almost every policy issue.

Keith believes that a strong commitment to environmental sustainability for all people is one of the cornerstones of building a more just world. For that reason, Keith believes environmental stewardship should be considered in every policy decision our government makes.

Keith is the only member of Minnesota's Congressional delegation in 2007 to receive a 100% positive voting record from the non-partisan League of Conservation Voters. At every opportunity, Keith cast his vote in favor of pollution prevention, sustainability, and public health.

Keith supported a Renewable Electricity Standard, requiring electric utilities to produce at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The same piece of legislation eliminated or reduced $13 billion in giveaways to Big Oil and other energy giants. Instead, Keith voted to direct incentives to develop more renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, which benefit Minnesota's economy while reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has long been a favorite goal of a few Big Oil companies. Drilling in ANWR would greatly damage a precious natural resource while doing nothing to help us achieve long-term progress toward energy independence. Keith voted against Republican efforts to open the Refuge for drilling.

Keith also voted in favor of Congress's historic move to override President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development Act. The law provides much-needed national investment in flood prevention, navigation improvements, and ecosystem restoration on our waterways.

Keith believes global warming threatens all peoples' security. As a global economic and political power, the United States has a responsibility to provide real leadership to reduce the threat of climate change. To help make good on that promise of leadership, Keith supported the Safe Climate Act, which calls for a 2% annual reduction in global warming pollution every year from 2010 to 2050.

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