• “Presidential veto of harmful legislation needed to protect Americans and climate.”

    Washington, DC - “With a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives today, legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline now heads to the President’s desk,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

    “It is time for President Obama to follow through on his promise to veto this misguided legislation,” MacNamara said.

    “Nothing – particularly America’s overreliance on fossil fuels – should be more important than the health and well-being of Americans and our environment,” said MacNamara.

    “This pipeline threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. We call on President Obama to veto the Keystone XL legislation without delay,” concluded MacNamara.

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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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  • 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

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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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  • The LWVUS Climate Change Task Force has developed a background paper for League members and others on the projected impacts of climate change on land ice.

  • League Encouraged by U.S. Senate Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline

    Washington, DC - “Today’s vote in the U.S. Senate not to force approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline is encouraging. It is a decision that puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 

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

    "Today, the U.S. Senate stood up for people, not polluters. We call on President Obama to follow through and disapprove the pipeline project in order to protect the health and safety of all Americans,” concluded MacNamara.

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  • Members of the New Jersey League at the People's Climate March

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This guest blog post was written by Toni Zimmer, president of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey 

  • Rosalee Keech at the UN Climate Summit

    EDITORIAL NOTE: This guest blog post was written by Rosalee Keech, UN Observer and LWVUS board member.

  • The League joined a letter to the U.S. Senate urging Senators to oppose S. 3214, Senator McConnell's newest attempt to derail the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) carbon pollution standards.

  • Carbon Pollution Standard for Existing
    Power Plants is Life-Saving Measure, Says League

    Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed a carbon pollution standard for existing power plants, a critical and bold step in the fight against climate change.

    “We are pleased that today the President has taken these additional steps as his Administration confronts one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime: climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

    “Power plants are the largest emitter of life-threatening carbon pollution in our country, the leading cause of climate change. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure that proposes common sense solutions to protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change,” MacNamara said.

    “The public is strongly in favor of reducing the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment,” said MacNamara. “If we don’t act now to cut carbon pollution the costs will continue to escalate: more frequent and deadly weather that results in billions of dollars of recovery for communities and the federal government each year. Today’s announcement is another important step in the fight to beat back climate change,” MacNamara said.

    “League members and supporters across the country are once again proud to stand in support of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution and fulfill his commitment to people, not polluters. We are eager to work with him to implement life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change.”

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