• Leading Public Health and Environment Groups Applaud Obama Administration Decision to Cut Toxic Emissions from Dirty Power Plants

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  • The Iowa Caucuses are less than a week away – an early kickoff to what will surely be a long and intense election year 2012. Instead of the usual New Year's resolutions, the League is putting together a list of Election Year Resolutions/Hopes for the upcoming year:

  • League Applauds Decision to Protect People, Not Polluters

    Washington, DC - The League of Women Voters of the United States praised the Obama Administration's tough new rules regulating mercury and air toxic pollutants from power plants released earlier today.

    “It’s about time.  After decades of delay the Obama Administration deserves credit for finally limiting mercury from power plants,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national League of Women Voters.  “This is about protecting people’s lives,” she said.

    “The decision announced today by the EPA to set strict standards on mercury and other toxics from power plants is the most important public health decision from this Administration thus far.  Limiting mercury and air toxics will save thousands of lives and help those with asthma and bronchitis breathe easier.   Mercury particularly harms children, including effects on IQ, learning, and memory,” she said.

    “Today, we are glad the Obama Administration, led by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, got tough with polluters and stood firm behind the public's health," said MacNamara.

    “Public opinion is clear - voters want the EPA to hold corporate polluters responsible for dirty air and threats to public health.  The science is clear - new clean air standards are essential to protect people's health.  The League of Women Voters is pleased that the Obama Administration has chosen the health of children and families instead of giving in to the lobbying of big polluters, coal companies and power plants,” according to MacNamara.

     

  • It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time to flip the calendar to 2012. In the coming year, we will be active on many fronts, but with special emphasis on providing the public with all the information they need to navigate the election system, learn the issues, and vote for the candidates of their choice.

  • The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Senate and House leadership, opposing the attachment of any anti-environmental riders to the spending and tax bills that Congress is trying to get done before the end of the year.

  • The League of Women Voters of New Jersey (LWVNJ) kicked off the Clean Air Promise Campaign on August 23, 2011 in Newark, NJ.

  • The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose S. 1786, which would block the EPA’s ability to clean-up life-threatening toxic air pollution.


    United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

    Dear Senator:

  • League Cheers Decision to Protect People, Not Polluters

    Washington, DC - The League of Women Voters of the United States released the following statement from national president Elisabeth MacNamara regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to set new limits on carbon pollution from dirty, coal-fired power plants. 

    “Today’s decision by EPA is a big win for public health.  Limiting carbon pollution from dirty coal-fired power plants will save lives and help control the warming of our planet.  Big polluters and some politicians have put heavy pressure on the Administration to back down.  Today, we are glad the Obama Administration looked the special interests in the eye and sided with people, not polluters.

    Public opinion is clear -- voters want the EPA to hold corporate polluters responsible for dirty air and threats to public health.  The science is clear -- new clean air standards are essential to protect peoples’ health.  The League of Women Voters is pleased that the Obama Administration has chosen the health of children and families instead of giving in to the lobbying of big polluters.”

  • National Poll Shows Strong Disapproval for President Obama’s Smog Rule Delay, Unfavorable Ratings for Congress’ Assault on Clean Air Act

    9 Battleground States Also Surveyed: Suburban Women in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Latino Women in California, Florida and New Mexico Disagree With Obama Decision; Health Also Trumps Polluters in Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia.

    Washington, DC – October 13, 2011: President Obama’s decision to block new public health standards for ozone and smog pollution may have pleased big business, but it but it sorely disappointed key demographic groups, including Latinos and women nationally and in nine key 2012 battleground states, according to 10 new polls conducted for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the League of Women Voters of the US (LWV), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

    Among the national poll’s major findings:

    • Nationwide, 70 percent of Americans disapproved of Obama’s decision to block the ozone pollution standard while only 30 percent approved.  Roughly eight out of 10 women (79 percent) overall and 71 percent of Latino women disapproved of Obama’s decision on ozone.
    • Nearly four out of five Americans (78 percent) want the EPA to hold corporate polluters accountable for what they release into the community.  Better than four out five women (83 percent) and 80 percent of Latino women share this view.

    Americans don’t buy the line from some in Congress that EPA safeguards are bad for jobs and the economy and they support stricter safeguards against the toxic chemicals released by power plants. Women and Latino women particularly want stronger protections from toxic air and carbon pollution.

    • Roughly seven out of 10  Americans (69 percent) agree with health experts who support reducing toxic air pollution from industrial sources and oppose those in Congress who say they must overrule the EPA to protect jobs;  three out of four women overall and 73 percent of Latino women agree with health experts.
    • Seven out of 10 support the EPA requiring stricter limits on the amount of toxic chemicals that industrial facilities can release and 69 percent are in favor of the EPA limiting the amount of carbon pollution that power plants and industrial facilities can release. Among women overall, 77 percent support stronger toxics limits and 78 percent support limiting carbon pollution; 76 percent and 77 percent of Latino women support those limits, respectively.

    The polls, conducted between October 6-9, 2011  by Public Policy Polling (PPP), surveyed  1,249 registered voters nationwide (as well as a national oversample of 200 Latino women); and surveyed voters in nine 2012 battleground states: Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia with oversamples of suburban women and Latino women in several states.  To access all PPP survey results, go to http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/paltman/polls_obamas_ozone_retreat_dis.html.

    “Delaying clean air standards endangers Latino communities across the country.  This poll shows how disappointed the Latino community is with President Obama and Congress when it comes to cleaning up our air,” said Brent A. Wilkes, national executive director, League of United Latin American Citizens. “Latinos are more likely to live in counties with air pollution levels that are unhealthy due to fine particulates and ozone -- two dangerous and prevalent pollutants that cause or worsen respiratory problems.  Latino children are 60 percent more likely to have asthma than non-Hispanic Whites.”

    Support for the EPA and stricter pollution limits is particularly strong among Latino women in key states. Asked whether they support the EPA’s work to hold polluters accountable, 80 percent of Latino women in California, 79 percent in Florida and 86 percent in New Mexico said yes.

    “Americans clearly are very displeased that politicians are interfering with EPA scientists.  It’s wrong to play politics with the health of our children and seniors,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the US.   “From the president’s decision to delay smog pollution standards to the Congress’s attempts to block EPA action on everything from mercury to soot to carbon, the voting public is fed up with politicians second guessing the science.  It’s fundamentally unfair for polluters to force us to live with unhealthy air, which causes asthma attacks, heart attacks and even premature death.”

    Support for stronger pollution limits and opposition to blocking the EPA is markedly strong among suburban women in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    •  79 percent of suburban women in Michigan, 76 percent in Ohio and 87 percent in Pennsylvania disagreed with Obama’s decision to block stronger smog standards.
    •  78 percent of suburban women in Michigan, 78 percent in Ohio and 82 percent in Pennsylvania support reducing toxic air pollution from industrial sources and oppose those in Congress who say they must overrule the EPA to protect jobs.

    Independent respondents also expressed strong support for the EPA’s mission and efforts to reduce pollution, and disagree with those who would block the EPA.  More than three out of four  (77 percent) support the EPA’s efforts to hold polluters accountable and 68 percent say the President should not have blocked stronger smog standards and that Congress should not block stronger limits on toxic air pollution.

    “What is clear from this polling is what we’ve known all along:  Americans want cleaner, healthier air and want corporate polluters held accountable for their actions.  President Obama’s decision to delay the ozone air pollution standard puts him out of step with most Americans, and notably with independents, women and Latinos,” said Wesley Warren, director of programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Tom Jensen, director, Public Policy Polling, said:   “The shorthand version of these findings is clear:  Attacks on clean air and the federal agency charged with protecting the environment and the health of Americans is an unpopular position with most Americans, including those in nine key 2012 battleground states.    These poll findings provide more than ample evidence that assaults on the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency are likely to be perceived as decidedly extreme and well outside of the mainstream of the public’s thinking.”

    About the national poll:  The margin of error for the national survey is +/-2.8 percent. Margins of error for oversamples and states vary. Public Policy Polling surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.  PPP is a national survey research firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  It was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the two most accurate polling companies in the country for its swing state polling in 2008. More recently it was recognized by the Washington Post and Politico for its pinpoint polling of the surprising results in the Delaware Republican Senate primary and the Massachusetts Senate special election.

    MEDIA CONTACT:  Leslie Anderson, (703) 276-3256 or landerson@hastingsgroup.com.

     

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