• The League joined a letter to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee urging them to oppose S. 1324, a bill from Senator Capito that would gut the Clean Air Act and block the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

  • The League joined coalition partners in urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stay true to science and set a primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone of 60 ppb.

  • The League opposes H.R. 2042 introduced by Representative Whitfield (R-KY). This legislation would delay implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan and allow states to opt out of participating in the first ever national standards limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

  • The League joined other environmental partners on a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing S. 1324. The legislation introduced by Senator Capito (R-WV) would dismantle the Clean Air Act and block the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

  • The League joined other concerned environmental partners in opposing a bill Representative Whitfield's Ratepayer Protection Act. This legislation would allow states to opt out of participating in the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP). The legislation also seeks to delay implementation of the CPP indefinitely until every polluter’s lawsuit has been litigated.

  • The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging Senators to defend our vital natural resources and protect public health against pollution. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps will also deliver this letter in their visits to select office on Capitol Hill.


    January 15, 2015 

    TO:        Members of the U.S. Senate

    FROM:     Elisabeth MacNamara, President

  •  “Administration needs to step up its game and get the job done,” according to League

    Washington, DC (April 15, 2013) – Today the League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS) expressed disappointment with the Obama Administration for missing a key deadline to set industrial carbon pollution standards for new power plants.

    “We are concerned and disappointed that the Administration is falling behind in taking the critical steps needed to protect our health and our planet,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League. “In this, the first opportunity for real action on power plant pollution since the President’s commitments in his Inaugural speech and State of the Union address, we see that the deadline for administrative action has been missed.”

    The Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set carbon pollution reduction standards for major emitters.  The agency proposed standards for new power plants in 2012 and was required to complete action on the proposed rule by April 13.  These first-ever industrial carbon pollution standards for new power plants would assure that all new plants use modern technology to cut their dangerous carbon pollution in half. 

    “Just last year more than three million public comments were sent to the EPA in favor of limits on industrial carbon pollution from both new and existing power plants. This record number of comments on the EPA proposal reflects strong support for controlling carbon pollution from the American people,” MacNamara said.

    “The Administration needs to step up its game and get the job done,” said MacNamara. She noted that EPA will undoubtedly be sued over this delay, but she also pointed to the larger agenda that needs attention. “While this rule is important, controlling carbon pollution from existing power plants is what needs to be done to fulfill the President’s pledge on climate, protect our health, and save the planet.”

    “The President needs to step in, get the process back on track, and make sure that his Administration fulfills his commitment to control the pollution that is causing climate change,” MacNamara said.

    “The President has said it is our nation’s obligation to take action to slow climate change and he’s committed his Administration to deliver on that obligation,” added MacNamara. “He has the authority to take bold action and we expect him to keep his promise.”

    “U.S. power plants are the nation’s largest carbon polluter, and the largest uncontrolled source of industrial carbon pollution.  We must dramatically slash industrial carbon pollution from these plants – both new and existing power plants -- to stave off the worst impacts of climate change and protect the health and well-being of Americans, concluded MacNamara.”

    Contact: Kelly Ceballos, kceballos@lwv.org

  • “If you don’t do it, it won’t get done.”

     Washington, D.C. – Today, the League of Women Voters sent a letter urging President Obama, to takes steps to lead the world in the face of the greatest environmental challenge of our generation:  climate change.  Specifically, the League asked the President to use his existing regulatory powers to control industrial carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.

    “The world has known about climate change for decades, yet little has been done to address the issue,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League President.  “People are dying because of climate change.  Our families, our communities and our planet are all threatened by it.”

    The League’s letter uses the President’s own words to make the point that action is needed now.

    “Climate change is not a hoax. More drought and floods and hurricanes and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And we can do something about it.”

    - President Barack Obama, September 2012

    The League notes that past Congressional action on climate change has been stymied by special interests but that the President has the authority to take action himself, with his existing regulatory authority

    “With the current gridlock in Congress, it seems impossible that any legislative action will be taken to protect our health and our planet.  President Obama, you can do this by yourself, without a second-guessing Congress or a nay-saying Supreme Court. In fact, the Supreme Court has already said that the Administration can move forward under the Clean Air Act to cut this life-threatening pollution,” MacNamara said.

    “President Obama, if you don’t do it, it won’t get done,” concluded MacNamara. “If the United States doesn’t lead, the rest of the world cannot follow.”

    Contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org to find out more or to schedule an interview.

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    December 14, 2012

    NEW SOOT STANDARD: VERY IMPORTANT WIN FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

    Washington, DC - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited air quality standards for fine particles that come from power plants, oil refineries, boilers and diesel trucks and buses. The new rule is set at a level to protect against asthma attacks, heart disease, lung disease and premature death.  Also known as the “soot standard,” this new rule is a very important win for public health and the environment.

    National President of the League of Women Voters, Elisabeth MacNamara said, “The EPA’s new rule is essential to protect the health of our children and seniors. Fine particles from power plants, oil refineries and other sources can lodge deep in the lungs and cause asthma attacks, heart disease and premature death. Continued enforcement of the Clean Air Act is the most important step we can take to protect public health and fight the ill-effects of global climate change.”

    “We congratulate the Obama Administration for putting people before polluters," concluded MacNamara. "We are proud that the EPA stood against special interests and big polluters to take this important step in protecting the health of the American people – a step that will also help stop climate change.”

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    Contact: Kelly Ceballos - (202) 263-1331, kceballos@lwv.org

  • Last week we told you about an attempt by Senator Jim Inhofe and a vocal minority that would have eliminated an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today the U.S. Senate voted to reject that effort!

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