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
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
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
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
The sequester kicked into effect earlier this month, implementing automatic budget cuts that slash billions from our nation’s environmental priorities. Cuts to clean water and air programs and conservations initiatives alone are estimated to cost all 50 states and the District of Columbia a combined $200,000,000.
As a result of the sequester cuts, every state in the nation will face dramatic cuts to programs that protect the air we breathe and the water we
After the State Department released the supplemental environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, LCV President Gene Karpinski called the pipeline “inconsistent with President Obama and Secretary Kerry’s many efforts to confront the climate crisis.”
And now, the New York Times wrote an editorial advocating against approving the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline:
“The State Department’s latest environmental assessment of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline makes no recommendation about whether President Obama
League of Conservation Voters President, Gene Karpinski was on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning taking viewer phone calls and discussing the President's second term energy and environmental appointments, Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline, and our 2012 National Environmental Scorecard. Click here to view the full video....More
Since the release of the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard, many elected officials have been touting their high scores and their commitment to the environment.
Below are some examples of what the Congressional members have been saying: Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH), who earned a 100 percent rating on the 2012 Scorecard, said:
“Protecting our environment and public health, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and are top priorities of mine and I am honored