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.
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 joined partners in signing onto a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing H.R. 3, legislation that would allow the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline without first receiving a permit.
The following remarks were delivered by Toni Larson, LWVUS Advocacy Chair, during a press conference call launching the All Risk No Reward coalition. The League of Women Voters of the U.S. is a member of this coalition that opposes the Keystone XL pipeline.
The League sent a letter to President Obama asking him to lead the fight for climate change.
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 impacts of global warming on human and natural systems are now being observed nearly everywhere. In 2007, the Nobel Prize-winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted serious risks and damages to livelihoods, human infrastructure, societies, species, and ecosystems unless future warming is reduced. So far this decade, emissions, warming, and impacts, such as ice melt and sea level rise, have all been at the upper end of IPCC projections.