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Environmental Priorities We Are Watching in the New Year

03 Jan 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

Tags: Climate Change

If you care about the environment, 2014 will be a big year. From Keystone XL to holding climate change deniers accountable and implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan, the new year will be an important one. Here’s the big three priorities we’re watching: 

Holding climate change deniers accountable. Congress has too many elected officials who are trying to sweep their extreme anti-science positions under the rug. We made progress calling out the climate change deniers last year as part of a $2 million ad campaign, but there’s more work to do. This year, we’ll continue standing up for science and putting a price on climate change denial. 

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline. The Keystone XL Pipeline would transfer tar sands oil, the dirties oil on the planet through the middle of our country, risking our agricultural lands and waterways so oil companies can export Canada’s oil to other counties. This pipeline is all risk and no reward, and we will continue to encourage Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject it once and for all.

Implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan. President Obama took a historic step forward last year by laying out a comprehensive plan to combat climate change, including placing the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the biggest individual source of carbon pollution in the country. These safeguards are so common sense that most Americans assume they’re already in place. It’s the single biggest step the President can take to address the climate crisis and protect public health, which is why we’ll be working this year to advance these critical clean air safeguards. 

As Gene Karpinski, President of LCV, recently told Politico Pro,

“In 2013 we had great success where we took on climate change deniers and supported climate champions. In 2014 we plan to make climate change a part of even more races, and we will continue to call out politicians who reject the science of climate change."

“While we work to change the politics of climate change in Congress and in the states, we will focusing on the important things that President Obama can do in 2014 to follow through on the historic climate action plan he announced this year. In particular, our top climate priorities are strong carbon rules for power plants and rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.”

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(Photographs by arbreed, and Elvert Barnes

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