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    2012 was a busy year.

  • “If you don’t do it, it won’t get done.”

     Washington, D.C. – Today, the League of Women Voters sent a letter urging President Obama, to takes steps to lead the world in the face of the greatest environmental challenge of our generation:  climate change.  Specifically, the League asked the President to use his existing regulatory powers to control industrial carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.

    “The world has known about climate change for decades, yet little has been done to address the issue,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League President.  “People are dying because of climate change.  Our families, our communities and our planet are all threatened by it.”

    The League’s letter uses the President’s own words to make the point that action is needed now.

    “Climate change is not a hoax. More drought and floods and hurricanes and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And we can do something about it.”

    - President Barack Obama, September 2012

    The League notes that past Congressional action on climate change has been stymied by special interests but that the President has the authority to take action himself, with his existing regulatory authority

    “With the current gridlock in Congress, it seems impossible that any legislative action will be taken to protect our health and our planet.  President Obama, you can do this by yourself, without a second-guessing Congress or a nay-saying Supreme Court. In fact, the Supreme Court has already said that the Administration can move forward under the Clean Air Act to cut this life-threatening pollution,” MacNamara said.

    “President Obama, if you don’t do it, it won’t get done,” concluded MacNamara. “If the United States doesn’t lead, the rest of the world cannot follow.”

    Contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org to find out more or to schedule an interview.

  • The League sent a letter to President Obama asking him to lead the fight for climate change.

    December 14, 2012


    Washington, DC - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited air quality standards for fine particles that come from power plants, oil refineries, boilers and diesel trucks and buses. The new rule is set at a level to protect against asthma attacks, heart disease, lung disease and premature death.  Also known as the “soot standard,” this new rule is a very important win for public health and the environment.

    National President of the League of Women Voters, Elisabeth MacNamara said, “The EPA’s new rule is essential to protect the health of our children and seniors. Fine particles from power plants, oil refineries and other sources can lodge deep in the lungs and cause asthma attacks, heart disease and premature death. Continued enforcement of the Clean Air Act is the most important step we can take to protect public health and fight the ill-effects of global climate change.”

    “We congratulate the Obama Administration for putting people before polluters," concluded MacNamara. "We are proud that the EPA stood against special interests and big polluters to take this important step in protecting the health of the American people – a step that will also help stop climate change.”


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

  • People are dying because of climate change.  Hurricane Sandy is just one of the killer storms made more severe and more frequent by a warming planet.  Deadly heat waves, droughts and floods are also on their way.  And climate change caused by carbon pollution is increasing the formation of lung damaging and asthma-attack inducing smog, which is particularly dangerous for kids and seniors

  • The League submitted the following comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on October 9, 2012. The comments contain guidance on proposed revision of environmental guidance documents governing interstate natural gas lines.

  • At the end of last week, refreshed from a few short days at home in Georgia, I hit the road again this time on a two state swing starting in Colorado and wrapping up in Missouri. In Colorado, I continued to meet with our partner organizations, meet our on-the-ground members and volunteers doing everything they can to get their communities ready for the November elections, and had the opportunity to meet with the Colorado Secretary of State.

  • 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.

  • LWVUS sent comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding a proposed rule that would regulate hydraulic fracturing on public land and Indian land. The rule would provide disclosure to the public of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing on public land and Indian land, strengthen regulations related to well-bore integrity, and address issues related to flowback water.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2012


    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


    Center for American Progress Action Fund

    Clean Water Action

    Climate Reality Project


    Energy Action Coalition

    Environment America

    Environmental Action

    Environmental Defense Fund


    Healthcare Without Harm Interfaith Power & Light League of Conservation Voters

    League of Women Voters of the U.S.



    National Audubon Society

    National Hispanic Medical Association

    National Wildlife Federation

    Natural Resources Defense Council

    Physicians for Social Responsibility


    Sierra Club

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    US Climate Action Network

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