• New TV Ad Calls for Elected Officials, Citizens, and Community Leaders to Protect Public Health

    Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters today launched a months-long campaign, including a significant national advertising effort, seeking to renew America’s promise to protect clean air and public health embodied in the highly successful and popular Clean Air Act.

    "Americans from all walks of life will be asked to make the 'Clean Air Promise,’" said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national League of Women Voters.

    "We are deeply concerned about attacks on EPA and health protections. Any action to block the EPA from updating Clean Air Act protections, or any delay on behalf of the Administration to avoid implementing new clean air and industrial pollution requirements, is an attack on the health of our children and families, plain and simple," she said.

    The Clean Air Promise Campaign will call on citizens, elected officials and community leaders around the country to join in making this simple promise to protect the health of our children and families:

    "I promise to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution.

    "Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths.

    I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality."

    Through the Clean Air Promise campaign, the League of Women Voters hopes to inform and engage Americans on the issue of clean air and to demonstrate what is at stake. Some public officials are trying to undermine the Clean Air Act and to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to limit air pollution and emission of toxics like mercury, arsenic and other dangerous substances which threaten public health. The League will ask its members to make the promise to protect clean air and will actively work to engage the public and our leaders to make the promise as well. Other clean air advocacy groups are expected to join the campaign in the coming days and weeks.

    "We have to promise each other to protect our air. So the League of Women Voters is asking our communities to stand up and demand that our elected officials promise to keep us safe from the pollution that we cannot control ourselves," said MacNamara.

    "This is a social commitment that we make to each other and which we depend on our elected officials and Congress to carry out and safeguard. Clean air saves lives, and we need to ensure clean air for our children and families in the future. We look forward to working with others to renew the clean air promise," MacNamara said.

    "Air pollution causes thousands of asthma attacks and emergency room visits – but that’s not all. Air pollution is also responsible for debilitating lung disease; heart attacks; damage to infants’ and children’s developing brains, robbing them of IQ; cancer, and deaths," said Dr. Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. "That is too high a price for the American people to pay.

    "We can and we must clean America’s air. We can’t let politics stand in the way. Speaking on behalf of doctors and health professionals across the country, Physicians for Social Responsibility deeply supports the Promise Campaign," Dr. Wilk added.

    "As the mother of an asthmatic child, I have seen firsthand the effects of poor air quality and air pollution," said Alexandra Allred, a mother of an asthmatic child and an advocate for clean air. "My son has been battling this painful and debilitating disease for years, and it’s time that our political and government leaders took the common-sense steps to control the air pollution that hurts him. We need stronger public health protections so other families and children aren’t forced to suffer. I say 'thank you’ to the League of Women Voters for dedicating their organization’s time, talent and resources to fighting dirty air," she said.

    For decades, the League of Women Voters has put the health of families ahead of other concerns. The League was one of the first environmental organizations to speak out for the Clean Air Act and the EPA. Today’s announcement included the release of a new television ad supporting the Clean Air Promise campaign. The ad, featuring a voice over by Alexandra Allred, asks viewers to make their own promise to support clean air and ask others to do the same. The ad features several asthmatic children conducting everyday tasks and being treated for asthma. To watch the ad, click here. To learn more about the Clean Air Promise, visit http://peoplenotpolluters.org/

    "HOME MOVIES" :30

    VISUAL / SOUND

    VOICEOVER

    CITATION

    Home movie footage…

    Kids with nebulizers and inhalers,some with parents, some alone, some outside, some inside.

    ALEX ALLRED: We’re not asking for your pity, or your sympathy.

    We’re not asking for your time,

    or your wallet.

    We’re just asking…

    for your promise.

    Alex Allred, aged 46, is an author, kickboxing instructor, the author of more than 20 non-fiction books, and a passionate advocate on clean air issues. She is a former U.S. bobsledder, winning the gold medal at US Nationals in 1994, and was named the Athlete of the Year by the US Olympic Committee in 1994. She served as the Executive President of Downwinders, an anti-pollution organization in Midlothian, from 2010 to 2011.

    Pictures o f:

     

    Alex, age 11

    Ella, age 8

    Kamira, age 3

    Sophia, age 11

    Chris, age 9

    ALLRED:

    Every year in this country, harmful emissions cause thousands of illnesses, asthma-related hospital visits and even deaths.

    We’re asking every citizen, every elected official, and every parent in America to promise to protect our children from dangerous pollution.

    Now.

    Go to peoplenotpolluters.org

    Don’t just support cleaner air for our kids.

    Promise it.

    Approximately 20,000 people a year die prematurely from air pollution. A 2009 National Academy of Sciences study reported that nearly "20,000 people die prematurely from such causes [air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels]." [The New York Times, October 19, 2009]

    Mercury pollution from refineries, chemical plants, and other industrial facilities causes as many as 2,600 premature deaths a year. In 2011, the EPA proposed an updated standard for mercury emitted by industrial facilities. This updated standard will prevent as many as 2,600 premature deaths, 4,100 heart attacks, and 42,000 asthma attacks a year.

    Mercury pollution from power plants causes as many as 17,000 premature deaths a year. In 2011, the EPA proposed an updated standard for mercury and arsenic from power plants. This update will prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year as well as 120,000 asthma attacks.

    Smog and fine particle pollution will cause as many as 34,000 deaths in 2014 alone. Power plant emissions contribute to harmful levels of smog and soot. Delaying EPA’s updated standard will result in many as 34,000 deaths, 15,000 non-fatal heart attacks, and 400,000 asthma attacks in 2014 alone.

    Ozone pollution will cause as many as 12,000 deaths in 2020. Ozone is the primary component of smog. Lowering the amount of ozone in the air to the level recommended by scientists would save as many as 12,000 lives and prevent as many as 58,000 asthma attacks and 5,300 heart attacks in 2020.

    Picture of Noli, age 8

    Text: Make the promise

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    JULY 25, 2011


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    (202) 263-1331

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    (202) 587-5240

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  • New TV Ad Calls for Elected Officials, Citizens, and Community Leaders to Protect Public Health

    Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters today launched a months-long campaign, including a significant national advertising effort, seeking to renew America’s promise to protect clean air and public health embodied in the highly successful and popular Clean Air Act.

    "Americans from all walks of life will be asked to make the 'Clean Air Promise,’" said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national League of Women Voters.

    "We are deeply concerned about attacks on EPA and health protections. Any action to block the EPA from updating Clean Air Act protections, or any delay on behalf of the Administration to avoid implementing new clean air and industrial pollution requirements, is an attack on the health of our children and families, plain and simple," she said.

    The Clean Air Promise Campaign will call on citizens, elected officials and community leaders around the country to join in making this simple promise to protect the health of our children and families:

    "I promise to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution.

    "Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths.

    I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality."

    Through the Clean Air Promise campaign, the League of Women Voters hopes to inform and engage Americans on the issue of clean air and to demonstrate what is at stake. Some public officials are trying to undermine the Clean Air Act and to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to limit air pollution and emission of toxics like mercury, arsenic and other dangerous substances which threaten public health. The League will ask its members to make the promise to protect clean air and will actively work to engage the public and our leaders to make the promise as well. Other clean air advocacy groups are expected to join the campaign in the coming days and weeks.

    "We have to promise each other to protect our air. So the League of Women Voters is asking our communities to stand up and demand that our elected officials promise to keep us safe from the pollution that we cannot control ourselves," said MacNamara.

    "This is a social commitment that we make to each other and which we depend on our elected officials and Congress to carry out and safeguard. Clean air saves lives, and we need to ensure clean air for our children and families in the future. We look forward to working with others to renew the clean air promise," MacNamara said.

    "Air pollution causes thousands of asthma attacks and emergency room visits – but that’s not all. Air pollution is also responsible for debilitating lung disease; heart attacks; damage to infants’ and children’s developing brains, robbing them of IQ; cancer, and deaths," said Dr. Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. "That is too high a price for the American people to pay.

    "We can and we must clean America’s air. We can’t let politics stand in the way. Speaking on behalf of doctors and health professionals across the country, Physicians for Social Responsibility deeply supports the Promise Campaign," Dr. Wilk added.

    "As the mother of an asthmatic child, I have seen firsthand the effects of poor air quality and air pollution," said Alexandra Allred, a mother of an asthmatic child and an advocate for clean air. "My son has been battling this painful and debilitating disease for years, and it’s time that our political and government leaders took the common-sense steps to control the air pollution that hurts him. We need stronger public health protections so other families and children aren’t forced to suffer. I say 'thank you’ to the League of Women Voters for dedicating their organization’s time, talent and resources to fighting dirty air," she said.

    For decades, the League of Women Voters has put the health of families ahead of other concerns. The League was one of the first environmental organizations to speak out for the Clean Air Act and the EPA. Today’s announcement included the release of a new television ad supporting the Clean Air Promise campaign. The ad, featuring a voice over by Alexandra Allred, asks viewers to make their own promise to support clean air and ask others to do the same. The ad features several asthmatic children conducting everyday tasks and being treated for asthma. To watch the ad, click here. To learn more about the Clean Air Promise, visit http://peoplenotpolluters.org/

    "HOME MOVIES" :30

    VISUAL / SOUND

    VOICEOVER

    CITATION

    Home movie footage…

    Kids with nebulizers and inhalers,some with parents, some alone, some outside, some inside.

    ALEX ALLRED: We’re not asking for your pity, or your sympathy.

    We’re not asking for your time,

    or your wallet.

    We’re just asking…

    for your promise.

    Alex Allred, aged 46, is an author, kickboxing instructor, the author of more than 20 non-fiction books, and a passionate advocate on clean air issues. She is a former U.S. bobsledder, winning the gold medal at US Nationals in 1994, and was named the Athlete of the Year by the US Olympic Committee in 1994. She served as the Executive President of Downwinders, an anti-pollution organization in Midlothian, from 2010 to 2011.

    Pictures o f:

     

    Alex, age 11

    Ella, age 8

    Kamira, age 3

    Sophia, age 11

    Chris, age 9

    ALLRED:

    Every year in this country, harmful emissions cause thousands of illnesses, asthma-related hospital visits and even deaths.

    We’re asking every citizen, every elected official, and every parent in America to promise to protect our children from dangerous pollution.

    Now.

    Go to peoplenotpolluters.org

    Don’t just support cleaner air for our kids.

    Promise it.

    Approximately 20,000 people a year die prematurely from air pollution. A 2009 National Academy of Sciences study reported that nearly "20,000 people die prematurely from such causes [air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels]." [The New York Times, October 19, 2009]

    Mercury pollution from refineries, chemical plants, and other industrial facilities causes as many as 2,600 premature deaths a year. In 2011, the EPA proposed an updated standard for mercury emitted by industrial facilities. This updated standard will prevent as many as 2,600 premature deaths, 4,100 heart attacks, and 42,000 asthma attacks a year.

    Mercury pollution from power plants causes as many as 17,000 premature deaths a year. In 2011, the EPA proposed an updated standard for mercury and arsenic from power plants. This update will prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year as well as 120,000 asthma attacks.

    Smog and fine particle pollution will cause as many as 34,000 deaths in 2014 alone. Power plant emissions contribute to harmful levels of smog and soot. Delaying EPA’s updated standard will result in many as 34,000 deaths, 15,000 non-fatal heart attacks, and 400,000 asthma attacks in 2014 alone.

    Ozone pollution will cause as many as 12,000 deaths in 2020. Ozone is the primary component of smog. Lowering the amount of ozone in the air to the level recommended by scientists would save as many as 12,000 lives and prevent as many as 58,000 asthma attacks and 5,300 heart attacks in 2020.

    Picture of Noli, age 8

    Text: Make the promise

    Peoplenotpolluters.org

    Brought to you by the League of Women Voters

       

    JULY 25, 2011

    Contact: Kelly Ceballos

    kceballos@lwv.org
    (202) 263-1331

    Peter Wilk, MD
    pwilk@psr.org
    (202) 587-5240

    About the League of Women Voters
    The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Learn more: www.lwv.org.###

    "Like" the League on Facebook.

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  • Washington, DC – The League of Women voters today announced a new television ad in Massachusetts that is part of their ongoing “People not Polluters” (www.peoplenotpolluters.org) campaign to educate voters about the public health consequences of anti-Clean Air Act votes in Congress. 

    “Our elected officials are taking bad votes that would block new clean air standards.   Our officials must not endanger public health by failing to limit pollution,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national president of the League of Women Voters. “The ad campaign’s goal is to raise public awareness of how Senators voted to endanger the health of women, seniors, families and children by blocking new clean air standards that would limit pollution.”

    The new ad highlights an April 6 vote to block clean air standards taken by Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. To see the Massachusetts ad click here. The ad is part of a major television campaign announced by the League last month. The ads depict a child suffering from respiratory illness and ask viewers to consider the vote and “imagine what it could’ve done – to her.” 

    On April 4, days before the Senate voted on four amendments that would have limited the EPA’s ability to protect public health and clean up air pollution, the American Medical Association warned doctors that increased levels of carbon dioxide, ozone, and other greenhouse gas pollutants make chronic conditions like heart disease and asthma worse.

    There is overwhelming bipartisan support for stricter EPA pollution standards.  A bipartisan survey released on February 16 by the American Lung Association examined public views of EPA’s updating and enforcing clean air standards.  The bipartisan survey, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and Republican firm Ayres, McHenry & Associates, finds that 68 percent of voters oppose congressional action that impedes the EPA from updating clean air standards generally and 64 percent oppose congressional efforts to stop the EPA from updating standards on carbon dioxide. 

    About the League of Women Voters:  The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has been a strong and active supporter of the Clean Air Act since its enactment in 1970.  

     

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  • The League and and coalition partners sent a letter to Senators urging them to consider a number of important principles as they vote on budget proposals.

  • A Massachusetts business leader expressed disappointment in Senator Brown of Massachusetts after his votes in the Senate “that will harm the clean energy engine of economic recovery.”

  • In two blog posts Climate Campaign Director, Pete Altman, discusses Senator Brown’s votes in the Senate and his reaction the League’s advocacy on the Clean Air Act.

  • In a letter to the editor, an Arlington, Massachusetts resident calls attention to Senator Scott Brown's support of limiting air pollution as a state Senator and his reversal on that position as a U.S. Senator.

  • In two blog posts Climate Campaign Director, Pete Altman, discusses Senator Brown’s votes in the Senate and his reaction the League’s advocacy on the Clean Air Act.

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  • League of Women Voters launches seven-figure television ad blitz and online campaign criticizing votes by Massachusetts Senator Brown and Missouri Senator McCaskill to block air pollution standards

    April 29, 2011 - Washington, DC: The League of Women Voters today launched a seven-figure television ad campaign calling public attention to the votes by Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) earlier this month to block new air pollution standards. The accountability ads call on both Senators to “protect the people, not the polluters.”

    “Air pollution is a life or death issue. Senators Brown and McCaskill cast dangerous votes that put public health at risk,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national president of the League of Women Voters.  “In 2010, according to the EPA, the Clean Air Act saved the lives of 160,000 adults and 230 infants.  Clean Air Act protections also prevented 130,000 non-fatal heart attacks, 86,000 emergency room visits, and 1.7 million acute asthma attacks that year alone.  Voting to block clean air standards is bad for America and deadly for many Americans.”

    On April 4, days before the Senate votes, the American Medical Association warned doctors that increased levels of carbon dioxide, ozone, and other greenhouse gas pollutants make chronic conditions like heart disease and asthma worse.

    The campaign includes 30-second spots that point to the public health consequences of the Senators’ April 6 votes. The ads depict a child suffering from respiratory illness and ask viewers to consider the votes and “imagine what it could’ve done – to her.”

    The television ads in Massachusetts and Missouri will run at a significant level to ensure that millions of citizens will see this important message several times in the coming weeks. In addition to the television ads, a six-figure online campaign will also target high traffic in-state websites and social media outlets.

    The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and the League of Women Voters Missouri joined in this effort. To view the ad airing on Massachusetts television and cable, click HERE. To view the ad running on Missouri television and cable click HERE.

    About the League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has been a strong and active supporter of the Clean Air Act since its enactment in 1970.

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