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Phillips Renews Support for Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced the reintroduction of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA), bold legislation that would utilize market forces to combat climate change and incentivize the speedy transition to a clean energy economy. The bill earned 86 bipartisan co-sponsors in the previous Congress, and Rep. Phillips is an original co-sponsor. The bill creates a Carbon ...

Phillips Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral RECYCLE Act to Reduce Waste and Protect the Environment from Plastic Pollution

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This week, Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and David Joyce (R-OH) and Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the RECYLE Act, a bipartisan bill that would lead to vast improvements in community and residential recycling programs. Recycling is one of the simplest ways to protect the environment, yet consumer confusion often impedes efforts to reduce waste. In fact, according to th...

Phillips Backs Proposed Minnesota Clean Cars Rule

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) delivered a letter to Minnesota Administrative Law Judge Jessica Palmer-Denig advocating for the proposed Minnesota Clean Cars rule, which would reduce pollution and ensure that Minnesotans have access to zero-emissions vehicles. Last December, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced new rules that would increase the number of electric cars and other vehi...

Reps. Phillips, Joyce Introduce RECYCLE Act to Increase Participation in Community Recycling

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Yesterday, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5906, the bipartisan Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act. The bill authorizes $15 million per year for five years in grants to states, tribes, nonprofits, public partnerships, and local governments looking to increase community outreach, awareness and e...

Phillips Reaffirms Commitment to Strong Environmental Protections for the BWCA

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Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) issued the following statement after Chilean mining conglomerate and owner of Twin Metals, Antofagasta, submitted a plan to the Minnesota DNR detailing its proposal to develop a sulfide-ore copper mine adjacent to Minnesota’s treasured Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this week. The plan comes just days after the White House worked to strip a provision, authored by ...

Phillips Amendment to Clean Up Polluted Minnesota Missile Site to Become Law in Defense Deal

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Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced today that his amendment aimed at cleaning up a polluted former missile site in Watertown, MN was included in final passage of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed the Senate today. President Trump is expected to sign the bipartisan agreement into law. Watertown was the location of a Cold War anti-aircraft missile site until 1972. I...

Rep. Phillips Helps to Introduce 100% Clean Economy Act

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) helped to introduce the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 as an original co-sponsor. The science-based legislation sets a nationwide goal of achieving a 100% clean energy economy by 2050, an urgent deadline to avoid the most disastrous effects of climate change as outlined by the Fourth National Climate Assessment, the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (...

Phillips Makes The Case For Carbon Pricing In Testimony Before Select Committee On Climate Crisis

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) testified before the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis about the urgent need for climate action. In Congress, Phillips is member of the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force and is a strong advocate for H.R. 763, the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Click here to watch Rep. Phillips’s testimony before the Select Committee on th...

Phillips Amendment to Clean Up Polluted Minnesota Missile Site Included in Defense Bill

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced that an amendment he authored – aimed at cleaning up a former missile site in Watertown, MN that left the area contaminated with harmful pollutants – has been included in the House’s FY 2020 defense bill. The grounds were the location of an anti-aircraft missile site until 1972. In 1974, it was jointly purchased from the military by 11 Minnesota communit...

Rep. Phillips Statement on Renewal of Twin Metals Leases

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Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement today after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it has renewed a 10-year lease for Twin Metals near Ely, Minnesota. The renewal allows Twin Metals, a Chilean-owned mining company, to engage in mineral exploration on national forest land adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). “The Boundary Waters is a Minnesota t...