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  • Blog Post 02 Jul 2015  |   Henry Miller

    House Bill Attacks Environmental Laws and Funding

    On June 16 the House Appropriations Committee passed its spending bill, H.R. 2822, for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Forest Service, which is nothing more than an assault on our air, water, lands, and wildlife. The bill promises to continue the fight over funding levels for environmental agencies and anti-environmental policy riders that have absolutely no place in a spending bill. President Obama has issued a veto ...More

  • Blog Post 03 Jun 2015  |   Elizabeth Hirsch

    Climate Change Endangers National Security: It's a Fact

    "Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act — and we need to act now."

    -President Barack Obama

    The impacts of climate change are clear, and we are already experiencing climate-fueled extreme weather, including longer droughts, record-breaking heat waves, more intense storms, increased flooding and devastating sea level rise. ...More

  • Blog Post 03 Jun 2015  |   Jill Hostetler

    Congressional Champs in May

    The month of May has been yet another month filled with Congressional Champions taking a stand for the environment. Here are some of their noteworthy undertakings.

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) continued leading the call for action on climate change with his 100th “Time to Wake Up” floor speech. Senator Whitehouse also joined our Climate Action Chat with LCV’s Gene Karpinski and Tiernan Sittenfeld. You can find his 100th speech here.

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  • Blog Post 01 Jun 2015  |   Gloria Zhang

    18 Senators Go on Record Against Arctic Drilling

    The League of Conservation Voters would like to thank Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and his colleagues for their continued leadership and efforts to oppose Arctic offshore drilling.

    On May 22, 18 Senators led by Senator Merkley sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell asking for an immediate halt to all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic, citing the fragile ecosystem, remote area, impacts to our climate, and lack of infrastructure to ...More

  • Blog Post 26 May 2015  |   Adam Wilson

    Voters Support Clean Water

    Americans care about safeguarding our waterways from pollution, and providing safe, clean drinking water to everyone. For this reason, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will soon release the final Clean Water Rule, which will restore Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands that feed into our water supply. LCV released a new poll that found that the Clean Water Rule is overwhelmingly supported by 80% of Americans, while 69% of voters ...More

  • Blog Post 08 May 2015  |   Isabel Ruffin

    Climate Champs April Activities

    Many environmental champions in Congress called for action on climate change in April. Read how some champs marked Earth Day in our blog post, and find more highlights from the entire month of April below.

    Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) joined LCV and other environmental groups in New Hampshire to talk about the need to protect the environment and economy from climate change. Find more information here.

    During the Budget debate, Senator Michael Bennet (CO) ...More

  • Blog Post 27 Apr 2015  |   Matthew McKnight

    Champs in Congress Mark Earth Day

    Our champions in Congress have been honoring Earth Day throughout the week by introducing new legislation and calling for action on climate change and other environmental priorities through floor speeches, opinion editorials, and other activities.

    Many Champs introduced new legislation meant to complement the President's Climate Action Plan and curb the impacts of climate change:

    Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-5) introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) introduced the Smart ...More
  • Blog Post 16 Apr 2015  |   Jennifer Allen

    Environmental Justice is Needed Now, More than Ever

    Find a power plant, oil refinery, or other industrial facilities and you’ll almost certainly find in its shadow a low-income community, most likely African American or Latino. The fact that some communities are more impacted than others by air pollution, water and soil contamination, and public health threats is part of what gave rise to the environmental justice movement.

    Last week, under the leadership of Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), some members of the Committee on Natural ...More

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