Global warming is happening, and its impacts are already being felt today.
Evidence includes disappearing glaciers, increasingly severe heat waves and droughts in some areas, intensifying hurricanes and floods in others, and more wildfires. If left unchecked, the effects could be catastrophic: millions of people displaced as rising sea levels flood coastal areas; many regions devastated by reduced crop yields and shortages of drinking water; human health threatened by the spread of malaria and other vector-borne diseases; many plant and animal species at risk of extinction.
By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)
Facing the growing evidence that burning fossil fuels is contributing significantly to global climate change, policymakers are evaluating strategies for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. They have two general approaches to consider.
Power plants and oil refineries account for nearly 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — more than two billion tons per year. This global warming pollution is causing dangerous heat waves, rising sea levels, stronger storms and floods, and devastating droughts, thereby threatening the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
The following letter was sent to the Senate opposing efforts to overturn Administration initiatives that protect public health and the environment such the new mercury and air toxics rule and the recent decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline.
Across the country, Leagues are raising their voices on voting rights, redistricting, clean air and water, campaign funding and more. From Massachusetts to Florida, New York to Kansas and points in between, Leagues are busy educating and advocating. Comment on and share our Leagues in Action.
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.