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  • Blog Post 01 Aug 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    Why We Need Chemical Policy Reform Now

    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 ...More

  • Blog Post 29 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    President Obama Gets the Facts Straight on Keystone

    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:

    “…This might ...More

  • Blog Post 26 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    LCV Releases Youth Poll on Climate

    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 ...More

  • Blog Post 26 Jul 2013  |   Amanda Giddon

    Green News Roundup: Week of July 26, 2013

    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 ...More

  • 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

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