The New Yorker said yesterday that a major stumbling block for Congressional action on climate change is the climate change-denying Koch brothers and their Big-Oil backed group, Americans for Prosperity. They’ve been working under the radar for years, getting members of Congress to pledge that they would oppose legislation to address climate change. This just provides us with one more reason why we can’t give the Koch brothers more platforms to hype their anti-science, anti-climate
President Obama laid out a plan to address climate change on Wednesday, which includes directing the EPA to cut carbon pollution from new and existing power plants -- the nation’s largest source of climate change-inducing pollution -- for the first time ever. [Technology Review]
If you didn’t catch the historic climate speech, you can watch it here.
Later that evening, Rachel Maddow interviewed Bill Burton, Senior Advisor to the League of Conservation Voters, about President Obama’s
LCV knew that Tim Kaine would be an environmental ally in Congress, which is why we worked so hard to help elect him to the Senate. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Senator Kaine showed true leadership by discussing how damaging the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be and encouraging the President to reject it. He called tar sands a “backslide” in a country with “too many cleaner alternatives:”
Welcome to LCV’s Lobby Day 2013! Members of LCV and state LCVs from across the country held nearly 100 meetings with the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Interior, and members of Congress and their staff to push foraction on climate change. Check out some of our pictures from the day.
LCV’s Deputy Legislative Director Alex Taurel provides tips on lobbying before the 2013 Lobby Day begins.
The International Energy Agency released an alarming report – global emissions of carbon dioxide rose a record-breaking 1.4 percent to 31.6 gigatons in 2012. The U.S. saw a 3.8 percent decline in energy-related emissions, but there is much more the Obama administration must do to combat the climate crisis. [Washington Post]
Mayor Bloomberg announced his strategy to mitigate the effects of severe storms this past Tuesday, proposing to revamp building codes to make buildings more resilient
The League of Conservation Voters held our largest ever Capital Dinner last night, which included speeches by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken, who spoke about the urgent need to combat the climate crisis.
LCV’s President Gene Karpinski commented on how we can continue tackling the climate crisis: “We saw an unprecedented enthusiasm this year fighting for action on climate change. The President has said all the right things on combating the climate crisis, and
President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping came together on Saturday and forged an important agreement to phase out the use and production of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), a chemical that is primarily used as a coolant in our refrigerators and air conditioners. This is a critical step towards tackling the climate crisis, because it will address one of the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases that is emitted into our air.
Many people recognized the importance of
Gene Karpinski, President to the League of Conservation Voters, wrote a new blog on Huffington Post about the need to combat climate change, especially after the extreme weather we saw across the country last year:
We're already seeing signs that this year could bring more of the extreme weather we saw in 2012. Just the other week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their yearly 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, warning that we