• Washington, DC – May 17, 2012: Today, a broad coalition of groups supporting clean air safeguards announced that more than one million Americans have shown their support for new standards to curb industrial carbon pollution from power plants by submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With over a month still remaining in the public comment period, this is already the largest number of public comments the EPA has ever received on any issue, and we anticipate many more comments to come in the weeks ahead.

    The groups who collected comments, listed below, issued the following joint statement about the groundswell of support for the new EPA carbon pollution standard:

    “Americans broadly support the EPA’s efforts to reduce dangerous air pollution that threatens the health and safety of our children, communities, and wildlife. More than one million Americans have now voiced their support for these important safeguards and called on the EPA and the White House to move forward with the strongest possible standard for new and existing power plants.

    “Implementing this standard is critical to protect public health by decreasing the industrial carbon pollution that contributes to global warming. Global warming increases the formation of smog that triggers asthma attacks and permanently damages and reduces lung function.  Children, senior citizens and others with respiratory ailments are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of smog. In addition to the health impacts, carbon pollution and global warming will increase extreme weather related occurrences like floods, intense storms, drought, and heat waves.”

    Center for American Progress Action Fund

    Earthjustice Environment America Environmental Defense Fund Greenpeace

    League of Conservation Voters

    League of Women Voters of the United States

    National Wildlife Federation Natural Resources Defense Council Sierra Club

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    US Climate Action Network


    Contact: Keven Kennedy, 202.276.3159,  keven@kevenkennedy.com

  • Washington, DC (May 17, 2012) – The League of Women Voters supports the goals of the new Voter Empowerment Act introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

    “The right to vote is under attack in too many states across the country,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters.  “For example, in Florida there have been cutbacks in early voting and rigid new restrictions on community-based voter registration drives have been imposed,” she said. 

    “We believe every eligible citizen should be able to register to vote.  Every voter should be able to cast a ballot,” MacNamara said.

    “The Voter Empowerment Act takes important steps to protect voters, including a new system for online voter registration and improvements in the provisional balloting system to ensure that all eligible citizens have their votes counted,” according to MacNamara. 

    “We are facing an assault on voters that is one of the greatest self-inflicted threats to our democracy in our lifetimes.  They threaten to silence the voices of those least heard and rarely listened to in this country – the poor, the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, the young and persons with disabilities,” MacNamara said.  “It is important for members of Congress to stand up against assaults on our voting rights,” she added.

    “The League of Women Voters has fought for voting rights for all citizens for the past 92 years and will continue the fight as long as this most fundamental right is under attack,” MacNamara stated. “We are hopeful that the wave of voter suppression laws will be struck down in each and every state and come November every eligible citizen will be able to exercise their right to vote and have their vote counted without additional, unnecessary and costly barriers. We stand ready to continue our efforts to defend voters and their right to vote and look forward to working with members of Congress in doing this,” concluded MacNamara.

    CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos, kceballos@lwv.org

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