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  • Blog Post 24 Apr 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    EPA voices key concerns about Keystone XL pipeline

    On the final day of the comment period on Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a comment letter outlining many ways in which the State Department’s draft environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was flawed. The EPA said that the State Department provided an incomplete and “insufficient” assessment of Keystone XL’s potential impacts on the environment, climate change, and public health, which is what environmental groups like LCV have said ...More

  • Blog Post 22 Apr 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    Earth Day: A Reminder to Move Forward on Climate Change

    Gene Karpinski, President at the League of Conservation Voters, wrote a new blog on the Huffington Post about how Earth Day is a reminder to move forward on combating climate change.

    One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is to continue working to combat climate change and protect our planet for future generations. With 2012 being the hottest year on record in the continental United States and climate change fueling deadly and costly ...More

  • Blog Post 18 Apr 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    Bipartisan Pair Introduces Energy Efficiency Legislation

    Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, and Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio introduced an energy efficiency bill today that will help American families and businesses save money by using less energy, create jobs, and reduce climate change pollution. This bipartisan legislation, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, has garnered widespread support from groups ranging from the National Association of Manufacturers to the Natural Resources Defense Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to ...More

  • Blog Post 11 Apr 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    We Need Gina McCarthy's Leadership at the EPA

    Today’s hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee demonstrated why Gina McCarthy is being widely supported in her bid to become the next Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. She mentioned at the hearing that if she is confirmed, her top priories as head of the EPA would be to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, address climate change, and reduce the threat of toxic chemicals. League of Conservation Voters President ...More

  • Blog Post 05 Apr 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    Keystone Pipeline: All Risk and No Reward

    Recently, an Exxon Mobil tar sands pipeline ruptured in Arkansas, resulting in thousands of barrels of crude oil being spilled, and requiring the evacuation of 22 homes. The EPA has classified this as a “major spill”, and it covered neighborhood streets and backyards, and forced dozens of people to evacuate their homes. It’s also had a devastating impact on birds and other local wildlife. The oil from this spill could still reach Lake Conway, which ...More

  • Blog Post 04 Apr 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    How did your Senator vote during “vote-a-rama”?

    During the budget debate at the end of March, Senators took their first major environmental votes of the new Congress, going on record about priorities like climate change, air pollution, and the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This series of votes was our first glimpse into whether our newest Senators will stand with the American people or with Big Oil and their corporate allies. Today we launched a special section on our Scorecard website ...More

  • Blog Post 27 Mar 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    Why we need Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior

    Last week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted on a strong bipartisan basis to advance President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, an individual who truly understands the need to protect our public lands. As the former CEO of the outdoor recreation retail company REI, she has a unique appreciation for public lands and even worked to reduce REI’s carbon footprint by using renewable electricity sources and saving energy. She’s ...More

  • Blog Post 22 Mar 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

    Time to Wake Up

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse takes to the senate floor almost every week, when the Senate is in session, to tell Congress to wake up and take action on the issue of climate change. His home state newspaper, The Providence Journal, recently highlighted his climate change speeches in an article titled, Week after week, Sen. Whitehouse sounds the alarm on climate change. In it, Senator Whitehouse said, “When it comes to this particular threat…Congress is asleep and ...More

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