Many environmental champions in Congress called for action on climate change in April. Read how some champs marked Earth Day in our blog post, and find more highlights from the entire month of April below.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) joined LCV and other environmental groups in New Hampshire to talk about the need to protect the environment and economy from climate change. Find more information here.
During the Budget debate, Senator Michael Bennet (CO)
Our champions in Congress have been honoring Earth Day throughout the week by introducing new legislation and calling for action on climate change and other environmental priorities through floor speeches, opinion editorials, and other activities.
Many Champs introduced new legislation meant to complement the President's Climate Action Plan and curb the impacts of climate change:Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-5) introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) introduced the Smart ...More
Find a power plant, oil refinery, or other industrial facilities and you’ll almost certainly find in its shadow a low-income community, most likely African American or Latino. The fact that some communities are more impacted than others by air pollution, water and soil contamination, and public health threats is part of what gave rise to the environmental justice movement.
Last week, under the leadership of Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), some members of the Committee on Natural
On the heels of the hottest year on record, President Obama reaffirmed his leadership in the international arena by submitting an important climate plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last month. This proposal is part of the international agreement made in Lima for all countries to set individual targets to decrease their carbon emissions.
The proposal commits the U.S. to cut our carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005
The push for congressional action on climate change continued throughout March.
Last week’s budget debate made it clear that Senator McConnell’s Senate will continue to prioritize polluters’ interests. However, our environmental champions took the opportunity to put their colleagues on record as to whether they side with big polluters or their constituents. Here is a recap of some of their climate-focused amendments:Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia) offered an amendment during committee that supports Department of ...More
Jennifer Allen, LCV's National Director of the Latino Outreach Program, wrote a new blog on Huffington Post Latino Voices to honor Cesar Chavez's birthday and highlight his legacy in Latino members of Congress:
As we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st, it's important to honor the legacy of this farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who lived by the mantra of ¡Si Se Puede!
Many of the gains made by the farmworker movement, particularly
For decades, smog has plagued Americans, causing breathing trouble, increased asthma attacks, even premature death. The American Lung Association likens inhaling smog to a sunburn on the lungs, and children’s little lungs get hit the hardest.
The EPA is finally moving forward on updating clean air protections that will reduce this potentially deadly pollution. But of course, well-funded Big Polluters are opposed to these smog standards and are pushing back as hard as they can.
Champions in Congress are standing up to climate change deniers and calling for action. Here are a few highlights from recent activities:
Senators Maria Cantwell (WA), Barbara Boxer (CA), Ed Markey (MA), and Jeff Merkley (OR) spoke out against overriding President Obama’s veto of the bill attempting to force approval of the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) joined Senator Markey for a press conference against this attempt to