A month ago CNN hosted a 7 hour town hall with 10 Democratic presidential candidates on the subject of climate change.  Each candidate was given 40 minutes to share their ideas on how to tackle the climate crisis. 

Some of the questions asked were about things like fracking, offshore drilling and the Green New Deal.  As expected, Klobuchar stayed in line with her centrist beliefs with her refusal to ban fracking and saying she was not opposed to more nuclear power plants if we could find "safe storage."  One thing though that stood out as particularly interesting to those of us at Minnesota Wildlife is this statement:

"Let's make one thing clear, I am strongly in favor of the Endangered Species Act. I have always supported the Endangered Species Act and I would do anything to reverse some of the suggestions that the president has made recently to repeal it or water it down." 

Amy Klobuchar made the above statement in response to a question about her pushing to delist gray wolves so of course we have to take a look at the whole picture. 

Klobuchar went on to say this:

"The wolf in Minnesota, what you are referring to is a situation where they actually made the numbers in a big way to get off the endangered species list.

And we have tried -- and it's still happening during the Obama administration -- President Obama's administration supported getting the wolves off of the list and there kept being problems with management planned, and there kept being legal challenges to that and now it is being attempted again.

And so I simply think, unless you follow the rules, and the Wildlife Federation supports me on this, if you follow the rules -- once you've reached -- you're over the amount -- number of animals then you should allow them to be delisted, otherwise it doesn't really make sense.

So that's where we are on that right now, and we'll see what happens if this time the plan will make it through the courts and obviously if they go below the levels they should be delisted." 

CNN Transcript

What Amy Klobuchar didn't mention is how she has pushed to delist wolves for years despite what the science says.  She pushed and helped accomplish delisting back in 2012 (after 922 were slaughtered in Minnesota wolves were placed back under federal protection by a judge end of 2014) then she co-sponsored a bill with Sen. John Barrasso (R) in 2017 to delist wolves again but this time she wants citizens to lose their right under the Endangered Species Act to judicial review. So not only is she trying to delist wolves again but she does not want anyone to be able to challenge the decision to delist in federal court. 

"Klobuchar's legislation would eliminate a fundamental right of all citizens to access the courts and hold their own government accountable when it breaks the law.  The bill would let politicians, not scientists, decide whether to recover endangered species, further imperiling those animals."

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Something else Amy Klobuchar does not mention is that several Minnesotans went to see her in DC in June 2017 to discuss protecting the Endangered Species Act from the numerous attacks by members of congress and she was not willing to personally sit with any of us and listen to our concerns, instead she had her staff meet with us. When we asked her staff directly whether Amy Klobuchar would commit to protecting the ESA from being gutted by members of congress we were told "Amy will need to see what the changes are first and so far nothing has come across her desk." However we were able to get Keith Ellison and Al Franken to promise they'd defend the ESA. 

Over the years Amy Klobuchar has made no time to personally to sit down and speak with any Minnesota wolf advocate about maintaining protection of the species or protecting the ESA in its current form but she makes a lot of time to sit down with cattlemen, hunters, and farmers. 

**All photos taken from public Facebook pages

Game Fair (2012)

North Dakota Stockmen's Association (2013)

Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association (2016)

Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (2017)

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Environmental activists fault some of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's moves

2014 Federal Court Decision on Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes

May 7, 2019 - An Open Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from Scientists and Scholars on Federal Wolf Delisting in the Context of the Endangered Species Act 

Federal Wolf Delisting Proposal Found to Lack Scientific Basis

Not only has she worked to undermine the Endangered Species Act but she's also made it difficult for the people at Environmental Protection Agency to protect wildlife also.

For years environmental groups have pushed for a ban of lead in ammo and fishing tackle and the EPA has tried several times to regulate lead but Klobuchar along with other members of congress have stood in the way. 

"Thune introduced the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act in the Senate with Sen. Amy Klobuchar in September 2013.  This legislation would permanently exclude ammunition and fishing tackle from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act."

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In May 2017 Amy Klobuchar co-sponsored a bill with Sen. John Thune (R) to prevent the EPA from 

"U.S. Sens. John Thune (R) and Amy Klobuchar (D) today reintroduced legislation to prevent ammunition and fishing tackle from unnecessary Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation.  The Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act would exclude ammunition and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Act (TSCA), preventing the EPA from regulating it"

"Hunting and fishing are not just hobbies in Minnesota - they're a way of life - and major drivers in the outdoor and recreation economies," said Klobuchar.  "Our bipartisan legislation will help ensure Minnesota anglers and hunters can continue to take part in our great outdoor traditions free from unnecessary regulations."

Thune, Klobuchar Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unnecessary EPA Regulation of Ammunition and Fishing Tackle

Those so-called "unnecessary regulations" would have helped prevent things like this:

Bald eagles are dying from lead poisoning at alarming rates.  Birds ingesting prey shot with lead bullets.

And this:

Two loons die after ingesting lead fishing tackle in NH

Klobuchar and Thune claimed that ammo and tackle made without lead was more expensive and cost prohibitive for hunters and anglers.  Well, why is cost never a factor when hunters and anglers are buying things like ATV's, fancy fishing rods, ice fishing houses, tree stands, boats, hunting & fishing apparel, game cams, decoys, bait, etc...? 

Then that brings us to something else Amy Klobuchar has done to harm wildlife and this planet. Back in 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was looking to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from man-made sources such as the livestock industry and factories. 

We all know that animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human made greenhouse gas emission after fossil fuels and it is the leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution. Just look at what is happening in the Amazon right now.  Amazon Rainforest Fires: Everything You Need to Know

We all knew it back in 2009 also which is why the EPA was trying to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock industry but once again Amy Klobuchar joined hands with Sen. John Thune and they prevented the EPA from doing what we needed them to do to address one of the major contributors of climate change.

"We just think this is not what the Clean Air Act should be about," Thune said. "The Clean Air Act is designed to get at smokestack industries and emissions by automobiles. It shouldn't be targeted at livestock."

Thune has attracted a bipartisan group of co-sponsors to his legislation, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. 

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So when Amy Klobuchar does an interview or sends out a Tweet or a Facebook message  about how she is ready to tackle climate change and defend the Endangered Species Act remember this quote:

"Measure a man's worth by his actions alone.  For the devil also promises the moon."   Avijeet Das

We have a lot of good presidential candidates (republicans not included) that care about wildlife and the planet.  Amy Klobuchar is not one of them.