Defending theEnvironment

The League supports legislation that seeks to protect our country from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.

  • The impacts of global warming on human and natural systems are now being observed nearly everywhere. In 2007, the Nobel Prize-winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted serious risks and damages to livelihoods, human infrastructure, societies, species, and ecosystems unless future warming is reduced. So far this decade, emissions, warming, and impacts, such as ice melt and sea level rise, have all been at the upper end of IPCC projections.

  • Eleanor Revelle, LWVUS CCTF, June 23, 2009

    The climate of the Midwestern states is already changing. Annual average temperatures have risen in recent decades, with the largest increases in the winter months. Extreme heat events are occurring more frequently, and heavy downpours are becoming much more common as well. The duration of lake ice, including on the Great Lakes, is decreasing, and the growing season is starting earlier and lasting longer.

  • The League joined coalition partners across the country to express our vehement opposition to any and all legislation that would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a letter to the Senate.

  • 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.

    LEAGUES IN ACTION

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  • 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. 

  • 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.

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

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