On June 16 the House Appropriations Committee passed its spending bill, H.R. 2822, for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Forest Service, which is nothing more than an assault on our air, water, lands, and wildlife. The bill promises to continue the fight over funding levels for environmental agencies and anti-environmental policy riders that have absolutely no place in a spending bill. President Obama has issued a veto
"Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act — and we need to act now."
-President Barack Obama
The impacts of climate change are clear, and we are already experiencing climate-fueled extreme weather, including longer droughts, record-breaking heat waves, more intense storms, increased flooding and devastating sea level rise.
The month of May has been yet another month filled with Congressional Champions taking a stand for the environment. Here are some of their noteworthy undertakings.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) continued leading the call for action on climate change with his 100th “Time to Wake Up” floor speech. Senator Whitehouse also joined our Climate Action Chat with LCV’s Gene Karpinski and Tiernan Sittenfeld. You can find his 100th speech here.
The League of Conservation Voters would like to thank Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and his colleagues for their continued leadership and efforts to oppose Arctic offshore drilling.
On May 22, 18 Senators led by Senator Merkley sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell asking for an immediate halt to all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic, citing the fragile ecosystem, remote area, impacts to our climate, and lack of infrastructure to
Americans care about safeguarding our waterways from pollution, and providing safe, clean drinking water to everyone. For this reason, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will soon release the final Clean Water Rule, which will restore Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands that feed into our water supply. LCV released a new poll that found that the Clean Water Rule is overwhelmingly supported by 80% of Americans, while 69% of voters
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