• Washington, DC - “We are pleased that today the U.S. Senate was unable to override the President’s veto on the Keystone XL pipeline legislation,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

    “The Keystone XL pipeline is not in the best interests of our nation,” said MacNamara. “It is unsound energy policy: It threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change.”

    “It was necessary to veto this legislation and stop the construction of the pipeline in order to protect the health of Americans and the health of our planet,” MacNamara said. Earlier this week the League thanked the President for using the veto on this misguided legislation.

    “Congress was taking inappropriate steps to override the executive review process. This process has been in place for decades under administrations of both political parties. It is the job of the executive branch to finalize the pipeline permit. We hope that President Obama will side with the thousands of League activists who have urged him to take the next historic step in this process and fully reject the pipeline after a complete review is finalized by the State Department.”

    “The Keystone XL Pipeline is all risk and no reward,” MacNamara said. “It is time to end our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels at the expense of the health and well-being of Americans and our environment.”

    “President Obama: Put people not polluters at the center of this vital decision,” concluded MacNamara.

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  • The League joined coalition partners on a letter thanking President Obama for his veto of legislation that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • Tell President Obama the Keystone XL Pipeline is all risk, no reward

    This week, President Obama fulfilled his promise to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline! The League is proud to stand behind the President’s veto because the pipeline is not in our national interest. But the fight is not over—President Obama and the U.S. State Department must still make a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. 

  • Washington, DC - “We are very pleased with President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

    “Today, President Obama stood up for the future of our environment and for the health and well-being of Americans,” MacNamara said. “Over the past few weeks, League activists sent 14,000 letters to President Obama urging him to use his veto power on this misguided legislation.”

    “Allowing this pipeline to be built threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change,” said MacNamara.

    “The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest,” concluded MacNamara. “A veto was necessary to protect the health of Americans and the health of our planet. In the coming weeks, we urge the President to take the next historic step in this process and fully rejecting the pipeline after a complete review is finalized by the State Department.”

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  • “Presidential veto of harmful legislation needed to protect Americans and climate.”

    Washington, DC - “With a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives today, legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline now heads to the President’s desk,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

    “It is time for President Obama to follow through on his promise to veto this misguided legislation,” MacNamara said.

    “Nothing – particularly America’s overreliance on fossil fuels – should be more important than the health and well-being of Americans and our environment,” said MacNamara.

    “This pipeline threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. We call on President Obama to veto the Keystone XL legislation without delay,” concluded MacNamara.

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  • Tell the President to Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline

    The League has been fighting to stop the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) because it is a threat to our public health and a contributor to climate change. In the coming days, Congress will send legislation to President Obama that approves the pipeline. President Obama has already issued a threat to veto this legislation, and he needs to hear that you support his decision. 

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    “The President must veto. Keystone is not in our national interest,” says League

    Washington, DC - “Today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is profoundly disappointing. It is a harmful, short-sighted decision that endangers the health and safety of Americans,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

    “Our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels should not be more important than the health and well-being of Americans and our environment,” said MacNamara.

    “We urge President Obama to continue his commitment to people not polluters,” added MacNamara. “The President must veto this misguided legislation.”

    “The Keystone XL Pipeline is not in our national interest,” MacNamara said. “It is bad energy policy: It threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that contribute to climate change.”

    “Today, the U.S. Senate put polluters’ interests ahead of those of ordinary Americans and acted irresponsibly in this time of climate change. We call on President Obama to follow through and veto this harmful legislation in order to protect the health and safety of all Americans. A veto by the President is the only thing that will protect us now,” concluded MacNamara.

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  • LWV State of the Union Bingo

    Last night, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union (SOTU) address. For the third year in a row, the League brought you #LWV #SOTU Bingo to up the stakes! Across the country, League supporters played along, using our Bingo boards to track how the President’s speech matched up with the League’s key priorities, including voting rights, climate change and money in politics.

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    Administration Proposal to Limit Methane Emissions Important Step Against Climate Change, Says League

    Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed limits on methane emissions from new sources within the oil and gas industry as part of the Climate Action Plan unveiled by the President in 2013. The proposal would cut methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45 percent by 2025 from 2012 levels.

    “We are pleased that the President has taken this additional step and launched another salvo in his broad-based attack on climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

    “The President’s proposal results from efforts by several U.S. government agencies and relies on proven, low-cost solutions to cutting methane emissions,” said MacNamara.“

    “While limiting methane emissions  is a critical step forward in the fight against climate change, the Administration must go further and include cuts to emissions from existing sources of this pollutant,” said MacNamara. “We stand with the President to protect people, not polluters.”

    “The League is eager to work with this Administration to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change. League members and supporters across the country continue to work for and support the President’s Climate Action Plan,” MacNamara concluded.

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