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The Environment

As citizens of the world we must protect our planet from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.

Why it matters

The preservation of the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the earth’s ecosystem is essential for maximum protection of public health and the environment. The interrelationships of air, water and land resources should be recognized in designing environmental safeguards. The federal government should have the major role in setting standards for environmental protection and pollution control.

What we're doing

Since the 1960s, we have been at the forefront of efforts to protect air, land and water resources. Our approach to environmental protection and pollution control is one of problem solving. The League’s environmental goals aim to prevent ecological degradation, and to reduce and control pollutants before they go down the sewer, up the chimney or into the landfill. We support vigorous enforcement mechanisms, including sanctions for states and localities that do not comply with federal standards as well as substantial fines for noncompliance.

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The Environment In Depth

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it’s plan to move forward with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which would regulate the carbon pollution from existing power plants.

By repealing the Clean Power Plan, the White House is putting the interests of corporate polluters ahead of the health and safety of the American public.

The League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Juliana et al v.

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that the United States will leave t

The League has joined with 132 organizations to state our opposition to the Trump Administration's plan for expansion of offshore drilling—which brings unacceptable risks to our oceans, coastal reside

The League expressed deep concern over the EPA's recently noticed process for evaluating existing regulations that can be "repealed, replaced, or modified.”

The League urged Senators and Representatives to oppose H.R. 806 the "Ozone Standards Implementation Act."

The League joined constitutional rights and public interest groups in opposing calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention.

LWVUS and LWV Lake Michigan joined a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations in support of funding for Great Lakes restoration priorities. 

The League joined letters to the U.S. Senate in opposition to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017 and the Midnight Rules Relief Act.