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Mark Dayton on Environment
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Protect clean air to breathe & clean water to drink. (Feb 2013)
  • Development conflict comes mostly from miscommunication. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Health impact assessments for environmental health. (Apr 2006)

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Jim Abeler on Environment
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
  • Rated 34% on animal rights in 2013; but 100$ in 2011. (Mar 2013)
Al Franken on Environment
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 40% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • No EPA permits required for forest road runoff. (Jul 2013)
Amy Klobuchar on Environment
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Preserve open spaces, farmlands, hunting lands, & wetlands. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 40% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • No EPA permits required for forest road runoff. (Jun 2013)
Dan Severson on Environment
Republican Challenger: Click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Michele Bachmann on Environment
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not science. (Sep 2011)
  • Endorsed by Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Targeted as "Dirty Dozen" for anti-environmentalism. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Chip Cravaack on Environment
Republican (District 8): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
  • Trusts mining company to keep MN water clean. (Oct 2011)
  • Against unrealistic environmental laws for shipping industry. (Aug 2011)
  • Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Keith Ellison on Environment
Democrat: Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list. (May 2010)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Prohibit invasive research on great apes. (Apr 2011)
  • Establish an International Conservation Strategy. (Jun 2012)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions. (Mar 2013)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
John Kline on Environment
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for John Kline on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous. (Sep 2011)
  • Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Betty McCollum on Environment
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Promote conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)
  • Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list. (May 2010)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Prohibit invasive research on great apes. (Apr 2011)
  • Establish an International Conservation Strategy. (Jun 2012)
  • Rated 75% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Rick Nolan on Environment
Democrat (District 8): Click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Erik Paulsen on Environment
Republican (District 3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 50% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
Collin Peterson on Environment
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 20% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Give tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment. (Jan 2008)
  • Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous. (Sep 2011)
  • Rated 0% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams. (Apr 2013)
  • No EPA permits required for forest road runoff. (May 2013)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
Tim Walz on Environment
Democrat: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 25% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Environment
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Pawlenty on Environment
Republican MN Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • Should monitor EPA's over-regulatory stance. (Jun 2011)
Joe Arwood on Environment
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Anthony Hernandez on Environment
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Environment
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • EPA approved poisons in Gulf to disperse BP oil spill. (Apr 2011)
  • Driven off his family farm due to development. (Apr 2008)
  • Entered mayoral race because of water drainage issues. (Apr 2008)
  • Pushed for light rail in Twin Cities. (Apr 2008)
  • Smart Growth with greenways and mass transit. (Dec 2000)
  • Recycling conserves our limited resources. (Nov 1998)
  • Teach environment in grade schools. (Oct 1998)
  • Too risky to have large feedlots near homes. (Oct 1998)
  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)
Mike Ciresi on Environment
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Grams on Environment
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
Mark Kennedy on Environment
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 25% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Mark Kennedy on Environment
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 25% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Walter Mondale on Environment
Former Democratic Challenger (2002) & Vice President (1981): Click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Environment
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • EPA approved poisons in Gulf to disperse BP oil spill. (Apr 2011)
  • Driven off his family farm due to development. (Apr 2008)
  • Entered mayoral race because of water drainage issues. (Apr 2008)
  • Pushed for light rail in Twin Cities. (Apr 2008)
  • Smart Growth with greenways and mass transit. (Dec 2000)
  • Recycling conserves our limited resources. (Nov 1998)
  • Teach environment in grade schools. (Oct 1998)
  • Too risky to have large feedlots near homes. (Oct 1998)
  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)
Paul Wellstone on Environment
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Against weakening protection of air and water. (Jan 1999)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted NO on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
Dean Barkley on Environment
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • Worked as a tobacco lobbyist. (Oct 2008)
Ford Bell on Environment
DFL challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
  • Our leaders lost their way on safeguarding our environment. (Dec 2005)
Michael Cavlan on Environment
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • Root causes: throw-away society & corporate polluters. (Jan 2006)
Norm Coleman on Environment
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 21% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow critical feeding on Conservation Reserves. (Jul 2008)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle. (Jun 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Mark Dayton on Environment
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Protect clean air to breathe & clean water to drink. (Feb 2013)
  • Development conflict comes mostly from miscommunication. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Health impact assessments for environmental health. (Apr 2006)
Robert Fitzgerald on Environment
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Supports regulated market of pollution credits. (Oct 2006)
Gil Gutknecht on Environment
Republican (District 1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Bill Luther on Environment
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands. (Apr 2001)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
David Minge on Environment
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Environment
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Niemackl on Environment
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Oberstar on Environment
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • Rated 65% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Fund projects for international conservation of cranes. (Jan 2009)
Tim Penny on Environment
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ramstad on Environment
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad on other issues.
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 75% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)
Martin Sabo on Environment
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Bruce Vento on Environment
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Patty Wetterling on Environment
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cummins on Environment
Challenger: Click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
    No stance on record.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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