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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

Statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women VotersWashington, DC – “Today’s step by the Obama Administration to deny the Keystone XL Pipeline was the right decision.  It is a decision that puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels.  The route of the Keystone XL Pipeline was a threat to the drinking water of millions of Americans.  The pipeline was just too big a risk to allow it to go forward. 

League Applauds Decision to Protect People, Not PollutersWashington, DC - The League of Women Voters of the United States praised the Obama Administration's tough new rules regulating mercury and air toxic pollutants from power plants released earlier today. “It’s about time.  After decades of delay the Obama Administration deserves credit for finally limiting mercury from power plants,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national League of Women Voters.  “This is about protecting people’s lives,” she said.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Senate and House leadership, opposing the attachment of any anti-environmental riders to the spending and tax bills that Congress is trying to get done before the end of the year.

League Cheers Decision to Protect People, Not Polluters

National Poll Shows Strong Disapproval for President Obama’s Smog Rule Delay, Unfavorable Ratings for Congress’ Assault on Clean Air Act

League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to President Obama expressing opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and urging him to deny the permit for the pipeline's construction. 

Leading Environmental Groups Call on Senate to Reject It, Commend Veto Threat from White House

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New TV Ad Calls for Elected Officials, Citizens, and Community Leaders to Protect Public Health

New TV Ad Calls for Elected Officials, Citizens, and Community Leaders to Protect Public Health