Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, wrote a new blog on Huffington Post about holding members of Congress accountable for their extreme anti-science views while they’re in their districts during the August recess:
For far too long, elected officials have been able to sweep their extreme anti-science positions under the rug hoping their constituents won't notice. But the effects of climate change are harder than ever to ignore, and the American
President Obama dispelled the widely repeated myth this week that the Keystone XL Pipeline would lead to massive job creation. The President clarified that the dirty energy project would only create about 50 permanent jobs, and ‘is not a jobs plan.’ [Youtube]
The new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy had some other ideas about spurring innovation. In her speech at Harvard Law School this week, McCarthy advised that the country should embrace reducing carbon emissions as
Our nation’s primary chemical law is in need of a serious makeover. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week held a hearing to discuss reforming the law –the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – to get thousands of currently unregulated toxic chemicals (like Bisphenol A, formaldehyde, and flame retardants) out of the products we use every day. Toxic flame-retardants are even common in household furniture, electronics, and baby products. It's long past time
In his historic climate address in June, President Obama changed the debate surrounding the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The President made the climate impact of the pipeline the primary criteria for the project’s approval.
President Obama spoke up again about the Keystone Pipeline this past weekend in an interview with the New York Times. Specifically, the President dispelled the widely repeated myth that the pipeline would create thousands of permanent jobs. The President stated:
Climate deniers are so last generation. LCV released a bipartisan poll this week showing how climate change stands to become a defining issue for young voters nationwide. The poll also examines young voters’ attitudes toward the President’s new climate plan and climate change deniers in Congress. Check out these graphics that display some noteworthy results:
The majority of young voters recognize the threat of climate change. This understanding, coupled with the age group’s strong
Climate change has become a defining issue for young voters. LCV’s youth poll released this week, surveying U.S. voters under 35, showed overwhelming support for the President’s climate agenda, and little patience for climate deniers. The Guardian said in covering the poll that legislators who deny climate science “could soon be reduced to political fossils.” [The Guardian]
Safeguarding public health and habitats through reducing CO2 has another silver lining – it could save trillions of
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
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