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  • Blog Post 25 Jul 2014  |   Phoebe Long

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund Turns 50

    This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) passage by the House of Representatives This fund was designed to guarantee the protection and conservation of many of America’s natural treasures, and its existence allows all Americans greater access to public lands, waterways and open spaces. However, as the LWCF celebrates its 50th birthday, it could experience a mid-life crisis as its expiration approaches next summer. Without reauthorization by Congress, ...More

  • Blog Post 24 Jul 2014  |   Andrew Seifter

    The U.S. Chamber's Long History of Extreme Opposition to Environmental Safeguards

    A major part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is the reduction of carbon pollution from power plants – the largest domestic source of climate pollution. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepared to release its Clean Power Plan proposal that would achieve this goal, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came out swinging. The Chamber released a report warning that the EPA’s proposal would deal a devastating blow to the economy, kill hundreds ...More

  • Blog Post 18 Jul 2014  |   Reed McGinley-Stempel

    The House Pushes Anti-Environment Spending Bill

    On Tuesday, the House Committee on Appropriations marked up the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015. While the committee’s primary responsibility was designating funding levels for agencies and activities relating to the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it quickly devolved into a forum for the conservative fringe to express their disdain for the EPA and climate change science.

    The proposed bill will cut funding for the ...More

  • Blog Post 17 Jul 2014  |   James Silberstein

    Climate Deniers Taking a Page Out of Big Tobacco Playbook

    In a May 11 interview with ABC, Florida Senator and possible 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio stated the following: “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it… and I do not believe that the laws that they propose to pass will do anything about it.”

    The scariest part of Rubio’s comments is in the phrase “these scientists.” “These scientists” derides ...More

  • Blog Post 14 Jul 2014  |   Phoebe Long

    Celebrating America’s Premier Conservation Program

    Mt. Rainier National Park, a scenic waterway in Louisiana, and a battlefield in North Carolina sound like a disparate list. They are vastly diverse in terrain, varied in location, and have different recreational values. However, they share a common factor. All three of these places have received money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program that helps fund anything from critical public lands to Civil War sites to city ball fields. LWCF ...More

  • Blog Post 07 Jul 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

    The Climate Action Plan is Paving a Path Towards Paris

    Since President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan last June, he has taken steps to reduce carbon pollution, help our country adapt to the climate change impacts already underway, and to re-establish our leadership in the international arena. The President’s plan is critical to meeting the commitment he made at the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen for the United States to reduce carbon pollution 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The efforts ...More

  • Blog Post 02 Jul 2014  |   James Silberstein

    LCV’s Annual Dinner with Keynote Speaker President Barack Obama

    Last week, League of Conservation Voters (LCV) held its annual Capital Dinner in Washington, DC. The event featured a keynote speech by President Obama, remarks by Senator Tim Kaine (VA) and award presentations including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi awarding Congressman Henry Waxman with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters being presented with the John Hunting Winning for the Environment Award. Check out some of the pictures from the great night!

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  • Blog Post 20 Jun 2014  |   Zach Drennen

    The Shifting Economics of Tar Sands Development

    This week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resource committee once again voted on approving the Keystone pipeline. While Senator Landrieu (D-LA) may be eager to show she can deliver for the oil and gas industry, the industry itself has become less eager of late to dig into tar sands projects. On May 30th, the Canadian branch of French oil major Total SA put on indefinite hold an $11-billion project that would have extracted 160,000 barrels ...More

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