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
Increasing America’s production of clean, renewable energy should be common sense, but there are many groups backed by corporate polluters who are trying to kill wind energy tax credits. These tax credits help our nation move away from dirty fossil fuels that worsen the climate crisis, pollute the environment, and harm our health. They also grow our clean energy economy, and create good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.
There are two key tax credits designated
Several years ago, community members in the neighborhood of Little Village, a largely Latino community in southwest Chicago, were suffering from major health problems because two coal-fired power plants were polluting their air. Residents suffered from high rates of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses and they were fed up with these coal plants making them sick. So they started taking action, creating the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) and working together with
Today marks the 100th straight legislative day, excluding the government shutdown that Representatives from the Safe Climate Caucus (SCC) have spoken on the House floor about the urgent need to act on climate change.
The SCC was formed in February 2013 as a way to facilitate conversations in the House of Representatives about the climate crisis we are facing. There are more than 30 Members of Congress who are part of the SCC, and
Last week, Senator Harry Reid took the first steps to break the gridlock in Washington by standing up for our democratic system and reforming the filibuster. This procedural rule change allows President Obama’s nominees to receive a simple majority rather than 60 votes, and prevents a few obstructionists from playing political games with highly qualified nominees.
Remember back in July when Gina McCarthy’s nomination to become the next Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator was being
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) is a true environmental champion. Since his first day on Capitol Hill, he has stood up for public health and fought to protect our environment. In fact, he is the only Senator to earn a 100 percent lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. That’s why today LCV Action Fund endorsed him for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
It’s hard to overstate his leadership in Washington. The Senator supports comprehensive
In the face of gridlock in Washington and attacks from Big Oil and corporate polluters, environmental allies in Congress are fighting back. They’re standing up to the Tea Party and working to protect public health, create jobs and help us build a clean energy future. That’s why we launched a $1 million national television ad campaign thanking five of those members of Congress for their leadership on these environmental priorities.
One of the ads thanks Senator
Earlier this week, the organization Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families held their annual stroller brigade, bringing together parents, doctors and kids in a call for protection from dangerous chemicals. LCV’s Legislative Director Sara Chieffo spoke about the need to reform our outdated toxic chemical policy.
(Photograph was Michelle Martin from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families)
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families transcribed the event, and you can read the great speech Sara gave below:
(Photograph was Michelle Martin from Safer