MN01 : Why Is Hagedorn Pushing Coal Mines and Pipelines (Answer : Donors)

The February 20th edition of the Hagedorn Report highlights First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s recent visit to Chatfield High School to promote the school’s manufacturing education program which helps students learn skilled trades (I wonder if he explained why he voted NO to H.R 447 The National Apprenticeship Act which the House passed in a bipartisan on February 5th … I am sure that Tom Emmer and Pete Stauber could easily explain why they voted YES). Congressman Hagedorn also highlighted his sponsorship of H.R. 38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would allow individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state … sorta abandoning the States’ Rights argument to prohibit the Federal Government from interfering in each States ability to manage its own “well-regulated militia” … and in the wake of the January 6th Capitol riot, is now the time to make it easier for people to transport weapons across state lines ?

Ignoring those highlights, the last item in the Report was very revealing … a hyperlink to a story promoting The HEAT Report which is a weekly newsletter focusing on members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) including Jim Hagedorn.

The report, and his subsequent tweet, deserve attention.

The HEAT Report is an undisguised bashing of renewable energy and the recognition that the climate change is impacting us everyday.

Most telling about this effort by Congressman Hagedorn is that he is ignoring what is going on in the First District and the rest of Minnesota and instead is promoting the Party Of Trump efforts to defend coal mines and pipelines.

Ya gotta ask yourself, how could Jim Hagedorn travel throughout the First District and not see what is happening … heck, driving from his birthplace in Truman to his “residence” in Blue Earth, he has to see the windmills as well as all the “solar farms”.

Don’t ya gotta ask why Congressman Hagedorn is not promoting the fact that Minnesota is the national leader in community solar and the First District has 7,446 clean energy jobs (and growing). Companies such as Solar Connection based out of Rochester and Green Energy Products in Springfield are employing his constituents. And these are good paying jobs as the average solar energy jobs salary in Minnesota is $108,348 (as of January 29, 2021).

Instead Congressman Hagedorn has sponsored H. R 488 Saving America’s Mines Act and bemoans that President Biden has signed an Executive Order revoking the Keystone Pipeline permit that was granted March 29, 2019, by then-President Donald Trump on the grounds that it is harmful to the environment. Before Biden signed his executive order, only a 1.2-mile section of the pipeline had been completed in Montana near the U.S.-Canada border. Most of these jobs are temporary and of the six contracts that the Canadian company has issued NONE are to Minnesota-based companies.

So why would Jim Hagedorn be pushing the Keystone pipeline … the simple answer is his donors. For example, Kelcy Warren, the former CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, has said talking about the pipeline is “like talking about my son.” Warren has contributed at least $10 million to America First Action, a super political action committee supporting President Trump’s reelection, $20,000 to the Minnesota Republican Party as well as direct contributions to Minnesota congressional candidates: Kendall Qualls, Michele Fischbach, Pete Stauber and nobody should be surprised Jim Hagedorn is on his list.

Why Congressman Hagedorn is pushing to save mines is also a mystery since the First District is not home to any copper, nickel, sulfer, or manganese mining opportunities.

Jim Hagedorn continues his trend of being more interested in pleasing his donors while misinforming his constituents of his votes … but then again, we should not be surprised after all it was just over a year ago in Fillmore County that he told a town hall crowd that “people should fend for themselves” as he sees is role is to “defend his donors”.