• UPDATE: Celebrate #GivingTuesday with a tax-deductible donation to the League now.

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.

  • The League joined 78 organizations on a letter to Congress opposing legislation from Representative Whitfield and Senator Manchin. The legislation would allow power plants to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, contributing to the climate change that puts our health and communities at risk with devastating extreme weather events. Ensuring that there are limits on carbon pollution from power plants is an issue that the League has been very active on and this legislation goes against everything the League has worked for.

    *Note this post has been updated to refelect additional supportive organizations who have joined this letter. This letter was first sent in November 2013 and was resent in January 2014.


  • On November 7, LWVUS provided comments to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Listening Session regarding the need to place regulations on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

  • The League joined with environmental organizations to ask the U.S. House to reject an effort that would block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

  • Carbon Pollution: Trick or Treat? Take Action

    There are plenty of things to be scared of this Halloween season: goblins and ghouls, witches and haunted houses, deadly air pollution and climate change. Those last two might seem out of place, but they’re a real threat to the health of our children and the environment.

  • #GivingTuesday - Save the Date: December 3, 2013
  • League of Women Voters tackles carbon pollution

    Beginning next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold 11 listening sessions across the country to get community input on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

  •  Environmental and Progressive Groups Offer Strong Support for Obama Administration, EPA Proposal to Limit Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants

    Washington, DC – Following today’s EPA proposal of the first-ever national carbon pollution standards for new power plants, a coalition of environmental and progressive groups, supporting strong clean air standards, pledged their support for this important action.

    The groups issued the following joint statement:

    “Today the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first national standards for carbon pollution from future power plants. This sets the United States on a course to address the largest source of carbon pollution in the nation, America’s aging power plants. While public health safeguards against mercury, arsenic, soot and other dangerous pollution from power plants exist, there are no federal limits on the carbon pollution that is responsible for climate change and fuels extreme weather, droughts and wildfires. Until now.

    “This proposal is a major step toward meeting our obligation to protect our children and future generations from the growing threat of climate change. When this policy is finalized, the President and the EPA will ensure that no future power plants can dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution in the air.  

    “We applaud President Barack Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for proposing this important public health and clean air safeguard. Along with millions of Americans, we encourage the administration to next move forward with strong carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.”

    The following groups have signed onto the statement:

    Center for American Progress

    Environment America

    Environmental Defense Fund

    EarthJustice

    League of Conservation Voters

    League of Women Voters

    Natural Resources Defense Council

    Sierra Club

    Contact: Benton Strong, 206.856.2309, bentonstrongcac@gmail.com

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  • LEAGUE PRAISES ADMINISTRATION’S SIGNIFICANT STEP AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

    Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants is Life-Saving Measure Says League

     Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed a carbon pollution standard for new power plants, an important step in the fight against climate change that the President foreshadowed in a critical speech just a few months ago.

    “We are quite pleased that today the President has taken the necessary steps to confront the greatest challenge of our lifetime: climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

    “Power plants are the largest emitter of life-threatening carbon pollution in our country, the leading cause of climate change. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change,” MacNamara said.

    “Last spring, we were proud to help in the effort to garner over three million comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants,” added MacNamara. “The public is strongly in favor of reducing the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment. Carbon pollution comes at a high cost to all of us, contributing to more frequent and deadly weather that results in billions of dollars of recovery for communities and the federal government each year. Today’s announcement is another important step in the fight to beat back climate change,” MacNamara said.

    “The League is proud to stand in support of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution from new power plants and fulfill his commitment to people, not polluters. We look forward to working with him to implement life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change.”

    Contact: Kelly Ceballos, kceballos@lwv.org, 202-263-1331

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  • Tell your Senators to reject bad environmental amendments to the energy efficiency bill that could destroy our climate and harm public health.

    The progress we have made in the fight against climate change this year following the President’s announcement of a comprehensive carbon control plan is now being threatened in the Senate. Today S. 1392, an energy efficiency bill, was brought to the floor and a last minute push to add amendments that would undermine that progress is being made.

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