The League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of the environmental protection movement for decades, consistently supporting legislation to preserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our public health. We support legislation that seeks to protect our country from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.

LWVUS submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the proposed standards for reducing carbon pollution from new power plants.

The League joined 78 organizations on a letter to Congress opposing legislation from Representative Whitfield and Senator Manchin. The legislation would allow power plants to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, contributing to the climate change that puts our health and communities at risk with devastating extreme weather events. Ensuring that there are limits on carbon pollution from power plants is an issue that the League has been very active on and this legislation goes against everything the League has worked for.

*Note this post has been updated to refelect additional supportive organizations who have joined this letter. This letter was first sent in November 2013 and was resent in January 2014.


On November 7, LWVUS provided comments to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Listening Session regarding the need to place regulations on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

The League joined with environmental organizations to ask the U.S. House to reject an effort that would block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

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.


 

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.

The League and members of the environment community sent the following letter to a subcommittee on Energy and Commerce opposing H.R. 6172. This bill would rewrite the Clean Air Act and block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting any standards for power plant carbon pollution.

The League joined coalition partners in the environment and public health areas in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the future of air toxics standards for Portland cement kilns. These facilities have managed to elude Clean Air Act Standards since 1997.

LWVUS sent the following letter to the EPA in support of Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants and commends the EPA for taking this crucial first step to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from large power plants that are built in the future.

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