• Statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters

    Washington, DC – “Today’s step by the Obama Administration to deny the Keystone XL Pipeline was the right decision.  It is a decision that puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels.  The route of the Keystone XL Pipeline was a threat to the drinking water of millions of Americans.  The pipeline was just too big a risk to allow it to go forward. 

    “Putting the Keystone XL pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides agricultural and drinking water to so many in the Plains states, was an incredibly bad idea.  The majority of any jobs created would be short term and short lived. The damage to such an important water supply would last for centuries. 

    “In addition, approval of this pipeline would be inconsistent with meaningful action on climate change.  

    “We applaud President Obama for standing up to the polluters.”

    Contact:         Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331



  • Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, "Rio+20," will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20-22, 2012.  The conference will be preceded by the third Preparatory Committee meeeting of the Conference from June 13-15.  Registration is now open and will close on May 20.  All attendees must be registered by the UN Observers, Rosalee Keech (unobserver@lwv.org).  For information on the conference, please link to http://www.uncsd2012.org/registration.

    Begin Event: 
    2012-06-20 04:00:00
    End Event: 
    2002-06-22 04:00:00
  • Leading Public Health and Environment Groups Applaud Obama Administration Decision to Cut Toxic Emissions from Dirty Power Plants

  • 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.