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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

LWVUS submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the proposed standards for reducing carbon pollution from new power plants.

We are deeply disappointed by the Environmental Impact Statement report released today by the U.S. State Department on the Keystone XL Pipeline project. We urge President Obama to protect people, not polluters, as he makes the final decision on this dangerous pipeline project.

In last night’s annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama laid out his priorities for the coming year. Here’s the rundown of what he said on our issues and how it aligns with League positions.

We have 60 days to tell the EPA we support this effort to reduce the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment. The EPA needs to hear from you—add your voice in favor of this historic regulation!

"We are quite pleased that the President has kept his commitment to confront the greatest challenge of our lifetime: climate change," said LWVUS President MacNamara in reaction to the Obama Administration's new proposal limiting the amount of carbon pollution for new power plants.

A guest blog post from the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, KS on their testimony to the Environmental Protection Agency on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

The League is participating in #GivingTuesday, an annual campaign created to promote a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season.

“We are quite pleased that today the President has taken the necessary steps to confront the greatest challenge of our lifetime: climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of LWV.

Following today’s EPA proposal of the first-ever national carbon pollution standards for new power plants, a coalition of environmental and progressive groups, supporting strong clean air standards, pledged their support for this important action.

After months of calling on the President to move forward with life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and the world from the damaging effects of climate change, I was proud to stand by while he announced his plan to cut carbon pollution.