For decades, the furniture in our homes, including the couches most of us sit on every day, has been loaded with toxic flame retardants. Although Congress has yet to reform our nation’s broken chemical law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, actions by states and companies and the continued push by environmental, health, labor, and other organizations has led to exciting changes that will reduce our exposure to harmful flame retardants.
The use of flame retardants
“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.”
-Washington Governor Jay Inslee
(Photograph of Gene Karpinski, LCV President and Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the People’s Climate March)
Governor Inslee’s quote rings true, and nowhere was the sting of climate change more apparent than this past week in New York City when the climate crisis took center
For the 12th time in his presidency and the third time this year, President Obama is using the Antiquities Act to set aside areas for conservation. This week, he announced an expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The preserve, about 1,000 miles from Hawaii, consists of three uninhabited islands and dozens of underwater seamounts in remote waters of the Central Pacific Ocean.
In 2009, President George W. Bush established the preserve using the
Here at the League of Conservation Voters, we are committed to making sure that voters know when candidates share the Koch brothers’ agenda of propping up the dirty energy industry and dismantling environmental protections. Using ad spending reports, voting records, debate responses, and more, we track the money Koch-backed front groups are pouring into these races, and how these candidates in turn stand with the Kochs on issues like defending Big Oil’s subsidies and
September 3rd marked the 50th Anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act alone has helped preserve nearly 110 million acres of pristine land while the LWCF has funded over 40,000 projects to preserve open spaces in every single state. As our country continues to grow and expand in new ways, these laws have ensured that these spaces remain open. With climate change upon
Don’t fall for Cory Gardner’s latest spin. He just released a new television ad claiming to be a bipartisan leader on clean energy. But he’s not telling Colorado voters the full story. Here are five of the biggest facts on energy that Cory Gardner isn’t talking about on the campaign trail:
- He isn’t talking about his campaign contributions from polluting allies like the oil billionaire Koch Brothers.
- He isn’t talking about his votes for
“It used to be the canary in the coal mine. Now it’s the oyster in the half shell.”
-Washington Governor Jay Inslee
As we find ourselves spending our final days at the beach, we may not realize that our oceans are changing before our eyes. But Governor Inslee might suggest we take a deeper look. If the oyster is the canary of the changing chemistry in our oceans, this signals that we ought to get out—not
Late last month, hearings were held in four cities across the country on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. A number of environmental champions in Congress talked about the importance of this plan, which would cut carbon pollution from existing power plants – our nation’s single biggest polluters - by 30 percent, protect public health and help fight climate change.
Supporters rally for hearings on the Clean Power Plan