• Tell your Senators to reject bad environmental amendments to the energy efficiency bill that could destroy our climate and harm public health.

    The progress we have made in the fight against climate change this year following the President’s announcement of a comprehensive carbon control plan is now being threatened in the Senate. Today S. 1392, an energy efficiency bill, was brought to the floor and a last minute push to add amendments that would undermine that progress is being made.

  • Power plants are the largest source of dangerous carbon pollution in the United States and carbon pollution is the leading cause of climate change. Despite this, there are currently no federal limits on the carbon pollution power plants can release. But finally, the Obama Administration has promised to issue regulations controlling carbon pollution from new and existing power plants within the next two years.

  • President Obama speaking on climate change, June 2013

    The action steps President Obama announced in his speech this week are a turning point in the fight against climate change. After months of calling on the President to move forward with life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and the world from the damaging effects of climate change, I was proud to stand by while he announced his plan to cut carbon pollution. 

  • For Immediate Release

    President Obama Outlines Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution from
    Power Plants and Address Climate Change

    Leaders Applaud President for “backing up his strong words with strong action.”

    June 25, 2013 – Washington, D. C.: Leaders from several top civic, progressive, environmental and public health organizations (listed below)  today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s plan of action to address climate change:

    “We applaud President Obama for laying out a broad and common-sense plan for meeting our obligation to protect future generations from climate change.  Americans are feeling the impacts of climate change already from destructive and deadly storms like Hurricane Sandy, to droughts, and wildfires. President Obama’s decision to take action to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time ever is particularly important since power plants are the largest unlimited source of carbon pollution and cleaning them up is key to protecting Americans from the impacts of climate change.  

    “The President is demonstrating leadership to reduce the pollution that fuels climate change and extreme weather, protect public health, and spur a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy. We applaud the president for moving to back up his strong words with strong action. 

    “President Obama’s plan puts us on the path to addressing climate change in ways that benefit the economy and gives industry flexibility to meet targets at the lowest possible cost. We thank President Obama for making climate change a priority and for taking action to cut carbon pollution from power plants.”


    Margie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America
    Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
    John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress
    Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice
    Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
    Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters
    Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
    Elisabeth MacNamara, President, League of Women Voters of the United States

  • League Lauds President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

    Turning Point in Climate Fight

    Washington, DC (June 25, 2013) - The League of Women Voters of the United States released the following statement from national president Elisabeth MacNamara regarding President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change.

    “Today’s speech by President Obama is a turning point in the fight against climate change. We are thrilled that the President is taking the necessary steps to cut carbon pollution in America and stepping up to lead the world through the greatest challenge of our lifetime: climate change.

    “The President’s plan contains many important elements, but cutting carbon pollution from power plants is the central and critical component. Not only will this reduce the risks from climate change but it will improve the air our children and seniors breathe. The President is moving ahead to fulfill his commitment to people, not polluters.

    “The League is proud to stand in support of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. We look forward to working with him to implement life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change.”

    Contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org to find out more or to schedule an interview.

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  • Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a regulation to curb industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. The regulation would help reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change and endanger the health of millions of Americans.

  • The League joined other environmental organizations on a letter sent to U.S. Senators encouraging them to support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) funding at levels needed for the agency to carry out its core missions. The EPA implements and enforces environmental statutes like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water act and repeated budget cuts over the last several years have begun to compromise the EPA's ability to enforce these laws and protect Americans.


     

  • League Expresses Disappointment and Concern

    Statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, President, League of Women Voters of the United States:

    “President Obama went to hurricane-ravaged New Jersey on Tuesday to see the rebuilding and economic recovery still taking place after Superstorm Sandy struck last November. 

    “We were disappointed that the President failed to mention climate change as one of the causes of extreme weather.  The President should have highlighted the need to address the causes of worsening weather like Superstorm Sandy. 

    “The League of Women Voters is disappointed that the President missed this opportunity to educate the public about the dangers we face from a changing climate caused by human pollution.  We are concerned that he missed this opportunity to point to the steps that can be taken to prepare for future disasters.     

    “That President Obama would go the Jersey Shore on the eve of another hurricane season and not address the root causes of worsening weather calls into question his commitment to fulfill the obligation he has repeatedly expressed that his Administration will take the steps necessary to protect America. 

    “We expect more from our President.

    “Without real action from President Obama, we can expect that he and future Presidents will have to make many more of these types of visits to other states under similar circumstances.”

  • The League will be cosponsoring a briefing for U.S. House members and their staff on the Clean Air Act and climate change on May 20, 2013.

  • On May 7, 2013 the League offered comments to the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board on the study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.

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