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.

By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)

Facing the growing evidence that burning fossil fuels is contributing significantly to global climate change, policymakers are evaluating strategies for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. They have two general approaches to consider. 

By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)

With the demise of cap-and-trade legislation during the 2010 session of Congress, the climate action spotlight has shifted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA). But efforts are now underway to block EPA regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)

The voluntary carbon offset market is booming. Dozens of companies are ready to help eco-conscious consumers compensate for their personal carbon emissions by contributing to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere.   

Eleanor Revelle, LWVUS CCTF, June 23, 2009

The climate of the Midwestern states is already changing. Annual average temperatures have risen in recent decades, with the largest increases in the winter months. Extreme heat events are occurring more frequently, and heavy downpours are becoming much more common as well. The duration of lake ice, including on the Great Lakes, is decreasing, and the growing season is starting earlier and lasting longer.

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