• The League and members of the environment community sent the following letter to a subcommittee on Energy and Commerce opposing H.R. 6172. This bill would rewrite the Clean Air Act and block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting any standards for power plant carbon pollution.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2012

    RECORD 3 MILLION COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF EPA’S CARBON POLLUTION STANDARD DEMONSTRATES AMERICANS’ SUPPORT FOR CURBING CLIMATE CHANGE

    WASHINGTON, DC -- August 14, 2012: Today, a broad coalition of groups supporting clean air announced the collection of 3 million public comments in support of national standards to limit dangerous industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. Adding that this unprecedented tally reflects the strong desire of Americans for national leadership to address climate change and its impact on public health, the groups issued the following statement:

    Three million public comments in favor of cleaning up dangerous carbon pollution is a remarkable and record-setting show of support for protecting our health from rising temperatures. This outpouring of support from across the nation is a wakeup call for policy makers to heed the public’s desire to curb air pollution and climate change.

    "We applaud the EPA for taking action against dangerous industrial carbon pollution which poses a wide range of health threats to our families, our communities as well as to wildlife and our outdoor heritage because of the impacts of climate change. This summer’s devastating extreme weather events and deadly record-setting heat waves preview just how damaging and costly rising temperatures will be.

    The polluters continue to block any attempt to address climate change and reduce industrial carbon pollution in order to protect their profits at the expense of public health. They may not be ready to clean up, but the American public is. When it comes to addressing climate change and its impact on our health, the American public is clamoring for leadership, now.”

    Doctors, scientists and other experts agree that carbon pollution threatens our health by fueling climate change.  Climate change increases the formation of lung damaging and asthma-attack inducing smog, which is particularly dangerous for kids and seniors. Climate change also fuels more frequent and more deadly heat waves, droughts, crop damage, floods, infectious diseases and other extreme weather events like those we’re seeing across the country this year.

    The following groups, which signed the statement and helped collect the record 3 million comments urging the EPA to curb industrial carbon pollution, include:

    American Sustainable Business Council

    Care2

    Center for American Progress Action Fund

    Clean Water Action

    Climate Reality Project

    Earthjustice

    Energy Action Coalition

    Environment America

    Environmental Action

    Environmental Defense Fund

    Greenpeace

    Healthcare Without Harm Interfaith Power & Light League of Conservation Voters

    League of Women Voters of the U.S.

    MomsRising

    NAACP

    National Audubon Society

    National Hispanic Medical Association

    National Wildlife Federation

    Natural Resources Defense Council

    Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Presente

    Sierra Club

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    US Climate Action Network

    Voces Verdes

     

  • The League joined coalition partners in the environment and public health areas in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the future of air toxics standards for Portland cement kilns. These facilities have managed to elude Clean Air Act Standards since 1997.

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  • Over two months ago, we began imploring you to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of their proposed regulation to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

    We’ve continued to update you on the environmental community’s progress. We reached nearly a million comments within two weeks. We then surpassed a million, and last week we surpassed TWO million!

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    June 21, 2012

    http://bit.ly/MjMGOj

    Washington, DC – June 21, 2012: Today, a broad coalition of groups supporting clean air safeguards announced they have collected more than two million comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Carbon Pollution Standard, which limits industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.  The comments, totaling 2.1 million were collected over the past 10 weeks and the groups expect thousands more to be collected in the coming weeks. This unprecedented tally is the largest number of comments ever submitted to the EPA during a public comment period, and far exceeds the number of comments EPA has ever received on any prior issue.

    The groups issued the following joint statement about the groundswell of support for the new EPA carbon pollution standard:

    “We already knew that Americans strongly support the EPA’s efforts to address climate change and to reduce dangerous air pollution that threatens the health and safety of our children, communities, and wildlife.  Doctors, scientists and other experts agree that carbon pollution threatens our health, plain and simple, by driving climate change which increases the formation of lung-damaging and asthma-attack inducing smog, which is particularly dangerous for kids and seniors. Climate change will also drive more deadly heat waves, floods and increase the spread of infectious diseases.

    “But our expectations have been exceeded by the unprecedented support demonstrated by the more than 2 million comments from Americans who support EPA’s historic standard to curb dangerous industrial carbon pollution from new power plants while urging EPA to move forward with a strong standard for existing power plants. The message is clear: Americans want cleaner air and less industrial carbon pollution and they want EPA to protect their kids, their families and their communities from the dangerous effects of climate change.”

    The following groups have gathered comments and signed onto the above statement:

    Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

    American Sustainable Business Council

    Care2

    Center for American Progress Action Fund

    Clean Air Council

    Clean Water Action

    Climate Reality Project

    Climate Solutions

    Democracy for America

    Earthjustice

    Energy Action Coalition

    Environment America

    Environmental Defense Fund

    Fresh Energy

    Greenpeace

    Health Care Without Harm

    Interfaith Power and Light

    Leadership Center for the Common Good

    League of Conservation Voters

    League of Women Voters of the US

    MomsRising

    NAACP

    National Audubon Society

    National Hispanic Medical Association

    National Wildlife Federation

    Natural Resources Defense Council

    Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Presente.org

    Sierra Club

    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    US Climate Action Network

    Voces Verdes

    World Wildlife Fund

    Contact:  David Di Martino, 202.247.7271, david@blueenginemedia.com; Keven Kennedy, 202.276.3159, keven@kevenkennedy.com

  • Last week we told you about an attempt by Senator Jim Inhofe and a vocal minority that would have eliminated an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today the U.S. Senate voted to reject that effort!

  • Clean air protections are being attacked in the U.S. Senate.  A vocal minority is threatening to eliminate an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This regulation is a landmark Clean Air Act achievement for public health and we need your help to fight and make sure it remains.

  • LWVUS sent the following letter to the EPA in support of Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants and commends the EPA for taking this crucial first step to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from large power plants that are built in the future.

  • Today, we wrapped up our 50th biennial national convention in Washington, DC - a great gathering of League members from around the country! We got a lot done and heard from some wonderful speakers including DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton; Annenberg Public Policy Center's Kathleen Hall Jamieson; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Trevor Potter, president, Campaign Legal Center; Former Representative Mickey Edwards (R-OK); political reporter Eleanor Clift; and pollster John Zogby.

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