Happy National Volunteer Week to League members and volunteers across the country! The League is a true grassroots organization run by volunteers at all levels. Whether it’s advocating for local or national issues, registering new voters, or educating communities about an upcoming election, everything that our League volunteers carry out is important. The tireless effort and work that you contribute every day in the name of the League makes us a successful organization.
We are deeply disappointed by the Environmental Impact Statement report released today by the U.S. State Department on the Keystone XL Pipeline project. We urge President Obama to protect people, not polluters, as he makes the final decision on this dangerous pipeline project.
In last night’s annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama laid out his priorities for the coming year. His words addressed a range of critical issues affecting the country – including a number of the League’s priority issues. Here’s the rundown of what he said on our issues and how it aligns with League positions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a groundbreaking new proposal, creating the first-ever federal carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America. This is a game changer for the climate – especially because power plants are our single largest source of carbon pollution.
"We are quite pleased that the President has kept his commitment to confront the greatest challenge of our lifetime: climate change," said LWVUS President MacNamara in reaction to the Obama Administration's new proposal limiting the amount of carbon pollution for new power plants.
2013 may not have been a federal election year, but it was still an important year for voting and elections, which means that League volunteers, members, staff and supporters worked tirelessly once again Making Democracy Work®.
EDITORIAL NOTE: This guest blog post was written by Karen Price, Vice President, Lynn Wolbarst, Environmental Specialist and Launa Zimmaro, Director and Environmental Specialist of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts