THE TRUTH ABOUT AMY KLOBUCHAR

Senator Amy Klobuchar


ENDANGERED SPECIES

In 2010 she began her push for delisting of gray wolves in the Great Lakes Region. In 2012 she got what she wanted, wolves were delisted and from 2012-2014 922 wolves in Minnesota were slaughtered. In December 2014 a federal judge put wolves back on the Endangered Species List. 


STAR TRIBUNE: AMY KLOBUCHAR WANTS TO SPEED DELISTING

KLOBUCHAR'S ACTION LEADS TO EXPEDITED REMOVAL OF GRAY WOLF FROM ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST IN MINNESOTA
"U.S. Senatore Amy Klobuchar announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will expedite removing the Great Lakes gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act list in Minnesota and western Great Lakes states. The announcement comes after Klobuchar called on Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to expedite delisting of the western Great Lakes gray wolf in a letter sent earlier this week."

2011 KLOBUCHAR SENATE PAGE
"Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., pushed the Department of the Interior to delist the wolf before others in Congress took matters into their own hands by initiating legislation that would have forced the Great Lakes gray wolf off the endangered species list."



Above screenshot taken from Star Tribune Feb. 26, 2012 article


"U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday the removal was "arbitrary and capricious" and violated the federal Endangered Species Act."

Because Amy didn't like the federal judges decision to continue to protect wolves, in 2017 she co-sponsored what is known as the War on Wolves Act.  The bill if passed would remove gray wolves in the Great Lakes Region from the endangered species list and strip citizens of their right to judicial review under the Endangered Species Act. This bill takes away every person’s right to hold government accountable. 

CONGRESSIONAL ATTACKS ON WOLVES RAMP UP


"Legislation introduced in both the House (H.R. 424) and Senate (S. 164), aptly described as the "War on Wolves Act," would strip federal Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in Wyoming and three western Great Lakes states. Compounding the harm caused by delisting, this bill includes a provision that would make it impossible for people to challenge the decision in court, effectively stripping away Americans' democratic right to hold their government accountable."


Video: Amy's interview about wolves at the State Cattlmen's Convention after a federal judge returns Great Lakes wolves to Endangered Species List.

In August 2017 (after Amy introduced her wolf delisting bill) the federal court of appeals upheld the lower courts ruling to return wolves to the endangered species list.
"A federal appeals court has recognized that the basis for the delisting decision was flawed. Congress should respect the ruling relating to the management of wolves sin the Great Lakes and allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to re-examine the broader conversation questions raised by the courts."

In 2015, 25 Senate Democrats urged the White House to reject spending bill riders that would undermine Endangered Species Act Protections. Amy Klobuchar did not sign it.

CORY BOOKER LETTER
In 2015 she co-sponsored S. 405 - The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act which if it had passed would have rolled back the Marine Mammal Protection Act, weakened the Wilderness Act, and been an awesome deal for trophy hunters.

"The bills most sweeping provision would give trophy hunters and trappers priority access to the more than 100 million acres of pristine wilderness areas across the nation. This provision weakens the landmark Wilderness Act that Congress established a half century ago, to preserve wild areas "where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." 

"Another provision of the bill would roll back the Marine Mammal Protection Act and provide a sweetheart deal to help 41 wealthy polar bear trophy hunters import the heads of rare polar bears they shot in Canada. It's one thing to shoot a deer and eat the meat, and it's another to fly up to the Arctic Circle, drop $40,000 on a guided trophy hunt, and shoot a threatened species - all for the head and the hide and the bragging rights..."

CONGRESS.GOV - S. 405 BIPARTISAN SPORTSMEN'S ACT 2015

MINING

In 2008 she sponsored S. 3411 Superior National Forest Land Adjustment Act to allow the sale of approximately 6,700 forested/wetland acres of Superior National Forest land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to Polymet, Inc. to open the first metallic sulfide copper strip mine in Minnesota.

"The underlying purpose of this bill would be to benefit the mining company by eluding steps in the standard land exchange process which includes public comment and environmental review."

"What is even more disturbing is that Klobuchar's, Coleman's and Oberstar's proposed special treatment would expedite the creation of a sulfide mine, the first mine of this kind in Minnesota. Sulfide mining is nothing like the mining familiar to us all on the Iron Range. No sulfide min has ever been shown to operate without causing acid mine drainage, the toxic combination of sulfuric acid and heavy metals. Acid mine drainage elsewhere has resulted in severe and permanent environmental damage to land surrounding mines and to lakes, rivers and wetlands downstream." 

STAR TRIBUNE: AN EXTRAORDINARY INCURSION OF THE PUBLIC FOREST

In 2013 she co-sponsored S.1600 - Critical Minerals Policy Act which encouraged mining of "critical minerals" across the United States.



In 2018 she co-sponsored Senate Amendment 2523 (aka Smith Amendment) to override four separate lawsuits brought against the U.S. Forest Service decision to transfer 6,500+ acres of Superior National Forest lands to PolyMet, a foreign mining corporation. The land swap that Klobuchar supported opened the door for the Polymet open pit copper and nickel mine to be built on wetlands, wolf and lynx critical habitat, and it runs a significant risk of polluting the Partridge River and the Embarrass River, which are tributaries of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. The Polymet mine would violate the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The land was acquired under the Weeks Act, which prohibits open pit mining on the National Forest land.  Smith’s amendment would have prevented the federal courts from upholding these laws, repealing them in favor of  a foreign mining company. 


"On June 5, 2018, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith sponsored Senate Amendment 2523 to the "must pass" National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Klobuchar was a co-sponsor of Smith's PolyMet amendment. The back room deal added a supposedly non-controversial "managers amendment" to a non-related defense bill. The purpose is to override four separate lawsuits brought against the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) decision to transfer 6,500+ acres of Superior National Forest lands to PolyMet, a foreign mining corporation."

She has thrown her support behind the Twin Metals Sulfide Mine which would be built adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Twin Metals Mine has the potential to create an acidic runoff that can leach heavy metals into the water that flows into the BWCA. 

TWIN METALS RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM MINNESOTA OFFICIALS AND LABOR AND COMMUNITY ALLIES
“I had advocated for making a decision on this project based on the environmental review process that has been utilized for other mining projects. I am concerned that with the federal government using the leasing standard, we will end up in endless lawsuits and will not get an outcome—regardless of whether the science supports granting or not granting a permit—based on a thorough scientific review. ”


LEAD

2013 - 2017 she worked with republicans to prevent the EPA from regulating lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. Lead in fishing tackle has killed numerous trumpeter swans on the St. Croix River and lead in ammunition has killed bald eagles and other wildlife after they’ve eaten the remains of deer hunters leave behind.
"Thune introduced the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act in the Senate with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in September 2013. This legislation would permanently exclude ammunition and fishing tackle from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act."

"U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) 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 excuse ammunition and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), preventing the EPA from regulating it and leaving any protection regulation up to state fish and game agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, which already regulate ammo and tackle." 

TIMBER INDUSTRY

In 2013 she co-sponsored the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act which amended the Clean Water Act to prohibit the EPA from requiring permits for a discharge of stormwater runoff resulting from silverculture activities. This bill only helped the timber industry, putting money before the health of our forests.

NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER V. BROWN
In August 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules unanimously that polluted stormwater generated by logging roads is subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act.

FRACKING

She supports hydraulic fracking to extract oil.

PROPOSED FRACKING BANS MAY HURT DEMOCRATS IN 2020
"Amy Klobuchar said she would not ban fracking because she sees natural gas as a transitional fuel between other fossil fuels and renewables."

THE FIVE MOMENTS THAT DEFINED AMY KLOBUCHAR'S IOWA DEBATE PERFORMANCE

OIL INDUSTRY

She still refuses to stand with tribal leaders in Minnesota and reject the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.  Line 3 would contribute to global warming and pose a threat to clean water and indigenous lands used for hunting, fishing, and harvesting wild rice.

In July 2019 her campaign received $5,600 from Enbridge's project manager and when she was confronted about the donation after it was disclosed by the Public Accountability Initiative she returned the money. 


"The donations to Trump didn't surprise me," Seidman says. "But the donations to Klobuchar did." In fact, the bulk of that total - some $5,600 - went to the Minnesota senator's fundraising group, Amy for America. All of it came from a single individual donor, Robert Kratsch, who is listed as a project manager for Enbridge."

"Sen. Amy Klobuchar and front-runner Joe Biden - have remained largely silent, mindful that such projects are viewed as job creators for some of the working-class voters they may need to win the state next year."

"Klobuchar has also avoided taking a position. She has said she wants to ensure a thorough environmental and scientific review to determine if the Line 3 project should move forward. Minnesota regulators signed off on the main environmental review last year, although an appeals court has ordered additional study on the potential impacts to the Lake Superior watershed. But she recently returned $5,600 in donations from an Enbridge project manager after a liberal watchdog group, the Public Accountability Initiative revealed them."

ST. CROIX BRIDGE

In 2012 she sponsored S. 1134 - St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act which mostly benefited corporations and not citizens. This bill allowed the bridge to be exempted from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The National Park Service had determined the St. Croix River Crossing Project would have a direct and adverse effect that could not be avoided or eliminated. 

"Apparently Michelle Bachmann and our senators believe they are better equipped to make decision about the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway than the people in charge of it; so they just bypassed the law by introducing a bill to ignore it."

ST. CROIX MEGA BRIDGE WILL MOSTLY BENEFIT CORPORATIONS NOT CITIZENS

"I stood with Paul Wellstone on the veranda of a large Stillwater Victorian home overlooking the St. Croix River from halfway up Myrtle Street hill. It was a fundraiser for Paul's campaign, and I managed to corral him for a few minutes to talk about the proposed freeway bridge across the St. Croix River. I directed his gaze south of Stillwater, and asked how he'd like to see a massive new bridge crossing the federally-protected St. Croix River bluff-to-bluff, which then, as now, was being heavily promoted by business and development interests. Paul winced, knowing full well how close to their heart many of his supporters held the St. Croix River and the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. He also knew how desperate other factions of his own party were to push this bridge forward, despite the federal prohibition against adding new structures on rivers protected under the Act."

MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS GIVING HELPING HAND TO KLOBUCHAR-BACHMANN BOONDOGGLE BRIDGE


FOOD

In 2015 she co-sponsored S. 1844 - Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Enhancement Act. The bill repealed the mandatory country of origin labeling for beef, pork, and chicken in favor of a voluntary system.  


In 2016 she voted to prevent state and local governments from requiring labeling foods containing GMOs. There are no credible long term studies on genetically modified foods to determine whether or not they are safe to eat so consumers wanted to have foods with GMOs labelled so they could make a choice whether or not to buy them but Klobuchar wanted to protect the food industry more than she wanted to protect the people. 


KLOBUCHAR VOTES AGAINST MINNESOTA CONSUMERS
"During a mark up in the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Amy Klobuchar voted yes to bring to the floor of the Senate a bill - known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act. The anti-consumer legislation would block states from enacting GMO labeling laws and make it harder for companies to adopt voluntary labeling initiatives."

"A survey of Minnesota voters in June 2015 found that 84% - regardless of party, age, or gender - support mandatory GMO labeling."

SURVEY


CLIMATE

In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was looking to regulate greenhouse gas emission from man-made sources such as the livestock industry and factories but she joined hands with republican Sen. John Thune and 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, D-N.Y., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn."

Thune said he believes there is enough support to pass his bill forbidding the EPA to regulate livestock emissions."

THUNE DENOUNCES ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY PROPOSED FINDINGS

CONGRESS.GOV: A BILL TO AMEND THE CLEAN AIR ACT TO PROHIBIT THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS UNDER TITLE V OF THAT ACT FOR CERTAIN EMISSIONS FROM AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION

TRADE

In 2020 she voted for Donald Trump's NAFTA 2.0. (USMCA) The NAFTA deal was opposed by Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Earth Justice, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, League of Conservation Voters, 350.org and several others environmental organizations because it put the interest of polluters over the health of the environment and people. 

SIERRA CLUB: TRUMP'S NAFTA 2.0 SELLS OUT OUR COMMUNITIES, CHILDREN, AND FUTURE
"The Sierra Club applauds the climate champions who took a stand for our climate, communities, and children and voted no on Trump's NAFTA 2.0"

NAFTA TALKS HAVE IGNORED ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

HERE ARE THE 10 SENATORS WHO VOTED AGAINST TRUMP'S NAFTA

Climate scorecard from the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund




CORPORATE DONORS

Her biggest corporate donor is Cargill. The Environmental Campaign organization Mighty Earth named Cargill the worst company in the world. Cargill has a long history of violating human rights and environmental law. 

MIGHTY EARTH - CARGILL REPORT

Cargill has donated a small fortune to Amy's campaigns over the years and in turn she has voted on bills in their favor. 

Read the thorough coverage of Amy's relationship with Cargill here: AMY'S BIGGEST BACKER IS THE WORST COMPANY IN THE WORLD

Individually the top brass at Cargill have donated to Amy's presidential campaign also: FEC.GOV CAMPAIGN FUNDS

To read more about Cargill's history (see below), and keep in mind that when many of these violations were happening Amy was accepting their money:
VIOLATION TRACKER
CARGILL: CORPORATE RAP SHEET
CARGILL: A THREAT TO FOOD AND FARMING

UPDATE: January 21, 2019 - additional resources on Amy Klobuchar's weak record on animal and environmental issues. (follow links below)

According to Animal Wellness Action, "of the major Democratic candidates running for President, Amy Klobuchar arguably has the weakest record on animal protection issues."

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) 2019 Score Card

Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund on how Congress scores on public lands and NEPA. Plus how they score on the Endangered Species Act.


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We have an opportunity to keep Amy Klobuchar off the ballot in November:

Precinct caucuses will be held February 25, 2020


Presidential nomination primary is March 3, 2020


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