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  • Blog Post 22 Jul 2013  |   Priscilla Vencat

    Bill Threatens Protection From Toxic Coal Ash

    Flash back to a few days before Christmas 2008, when the US was struck by its largest environmental disaster to date. The Kingston, Tennessee coal ash dam burst flooded the surrounding residential area with more than one billion gallons of toxic sludge, laced with heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium, choking the land and waterways.

    This toxic sludge has a name: coal ash. Coal ash is a by-product of the ...More

  • Blog Post 19 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    Green News Roundup: Week of July 19, 2013

    The Senate has finally confirmed Gina McCarthy to head the EPA. “It’s about time. Now it’s time for her to roll up her sleeves and get to work, and get the job done,” said LCV president Gene Karpinski. [Washington Post]

    The Senate also got a whole lot greener this week following environmental champion Ed Markey’s swearing in as the newest U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. Senator Markey has pledged to lead a ‘green energy revolution,’ to combat ...More

  • Blog Post 19 Jul 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    Climate Change Takes Center Stage

    Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, wrote a new blog on Huffington Post about what a great week it has been for climate change advocates:

    Climate change took center stage this week as the Senate confirmed climate and clean air champion Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with strong bipartisan support. Just a few days ago, climate hero Ed Markey was sworn in as the junior Senator from Massachusetts, marking ...More

  • Blog Post 19 Jul 2013  |   Gene Karpinski

    Remembering Martha Levensaler

    We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of a member of our LCV family, Martha Levensaler. Martha spread great joy, spirit and knowledge throughout our movement for many years. In addition to her work with us, where she served as Board Effectiveness Director for LCV and LCVEF, Martha was an active member of the broader Alaska environmental community, working for 12 years at National Wildlife Federation in Alaska, helping to ...More

  • Blog Post 17 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    LCV Hosts “I Will Act on Climate” Bus Tour Rally

    The climate action movement is quite literally on the move. LCV joins a coalition of businesses and environmental activists in hosting the “I Will Act on Climate” 27 state bus tour to encourage local support for climate action.

    The bus tour is highlighting the growing momentum for climate action following President Obama’s climate change address, which included a call for limits on carbon pollution – especially from power plants, our largest polluters - as well as ...More

  • Blog Post 16 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    Climate Champ Ed Markey Sworn in as Senator

    The Senate got a whole lot greener this morning following environmental champion Ed Markey’s swearing in as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. Senator Markey was elected the same day that President Obama delivered his historic climate address last month –together, there’s new momentum building in the fight against climate change.

    Markey campaigned aggressively on the issue of climate change and launched numerous ads highlighting his commitment to tackling the climate crisis. He campaigned ...More

  • Blog Post 12 Jul 2013  |   Intern Admin

    Waxman and Whitehouse on KXL and Climate

    Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse spoke up about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline this week, urging the State Department to reevaluate the pipeline’s impact on climate. They challenged the State Department’s climate impact analysis and asserted what we already know is true - that the dirty project would have a substantial negative impact on climate. You can read the full letter here.

    The EPA has already criticized the State Department’s report, which ...More

  • Blog Post 12 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    Green News Roundup: Week of July 12, 2013

    It was a big week for climate champion Rep. Henry Waxman, who released a report on Monday finding a “climate disconnect” between soaring temperatures and congressional voting records. With over 30k record high temps in US in 2012 climate change deniers continue to reject the science and cast anti-climate votes. [Energy Commerce]

    Waxman also partnered up with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in challenging the State Department’s climate impact analysis of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, making ...More

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