This week, people across the world will honor our environment and celebrate Earth Day. The League of Women Voters has long fought battles to protect clean air and water, prevent harmful pollutants that contribute to climate change, and inform the public of what they can do to get involved in the ongoing battle to protect public health and the environment.
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.