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    “The President must veto. Keystone is not in our national interest,” says League

    Washington, DC - “Today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is profoundly disappointing. It is a harmful, short-sighted decision that endangers the health and safety of Americans,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

    “Our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels should not be more important than the health and well-being of Americans and our environment,” said MacNamara.

    “We urge President Obama to continue his commitment to people not polluters,” added MacNamara. “The President must veto this misguided legislation.”

    “The Keystone XL Pipeline is not in our national interest,” MacNamara said. “It is bad energy policy: It threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that contribute to climate change.”

    “Today, the U.S. Senate put polluters’ interests ahead of those of ordinary Americans and acted irresponsibly in this time of climate change. We call on President Obama to follow through and veto this harmful legislation in order to protect the health and safety of all Americans. A veto by the President is the only thing that will protect us now,” concluded MacNamara.

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    Administration Proposal to Limit Methane Emissions Important Step Against Climate Change, Says League

    Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed limits on methane emissions from new sources within the oil and gas industry as part of the Climate Action Plan unveiled by the President in 2013. The proposal would cut methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45 percent by 2025 from 2012 levels.

    “We are pleased that the President has taken this additional step and launched another salvo in his broad-based attack on climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

    “The President’s proposal results from efforts by several U.S. government agencies and relies on proven, low-cost solutions to cutting methane emissions,” said MacNamara.“

    “While limiting methane emissions  is a critical step forward in the fight against climate change, the Administration must go further and include cuts to emissions from existing sources of this pollutant,” said MacNamara. “We stand with the President to protect people, not polluters.”

    “The League is eager to work with this Administration to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change. League members and supporters across the country continue to work for and support the President’s Climate Action Plan,” MacNamara concluded.

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  • League of Women Voters of the United States Responds to Comments by Rep. Scalise

    Statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters

    Washington, D.C. "For nearly 95 years, the League of Women Voters has fought to educate and engage Americans on the issues impacting their communities. Rooted in the suffrage movement, the League has always been committed to educating and turning out voters.

    "In order to expand participation and give voice to all Americans, our nearly 800 state and local Leagues register voters at every opportunity, including in high schools, at community colleges, bus stops and baseball games, as well as at naturalization ceremonies. In addition to registering new voters, we work to educate voters on important issues in their communities, in part by hosting candidate debates and issue forums as well as publishing voters’ guides in advance of elections.

    "Representative Steve Scalise’s recent comments regarding the League of Women Voters were misinformed. We are committed to working for all voters regardless of their party affiliation. We believe voters are the basis of our strong democracy, and we’re committed to making our government work for all citizens. We will continue to fight for inclusion and tolerance and are committed to Making Democracy Work®."

    Learn more about the League and our history.

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