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  • 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

  • Blog Post 16 Apr 2015  |   Hannah Blatt

    U.S. Announces the Submission of a Climate Plan to the UN

    On the heels of the hottest year on record, President Obama reaffirmed his leadership in the international arena by submitting an important climate plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last month. This proposal is part of the international agreement made in Lima for all countries to set individual targets to decrease their carbon emissions.

    The proposal commits the U.S. to cut our carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 ...More

  • Blog Post 01 Apr 2015  |   Matt McKnight

    Climate Champs on the Budget & More

    The push for congressional action on climate change continued throughout March.

    Last week’s budget debate made it clear that Senator McConnell’s Senate will continue to prioritize polluters’ interests. However, our environmental champions took the opportunity to put their colleagues on record as to whether they side with big polluters or their constituents. Here is a recap of some of their climate-focused amendments:

    Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia) offered an amendment during committee that supports Department of ...More
  • Blog Post 01 Apr 2015  |   Jennifer Allen

    From the Fields to Congress: Latinos Are Environmental Champions

    Jennifer Allen, LCV's National Director of the Latino Outreach Program, wrote a new blog on Huffington Post Latino Voices to honor Cesar Chavez's birthday and highlight his legacy in Latino members of Congress:

    As we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st, it's important to honor the legacy of this farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who lived by the mantra of ¡Si Se Puede!

    Many of the gains made by the farmworker movement, particularly ...More

  • Blog Post 12 Mar 2015  |   Kristin Brown

    EPA Preventing 1.8 Million Asthma Attacks

    For decades, smog has plagued Americans, causing breathing trouble, increased asthma attacks, even premature death. The American Lung Association likens inhaling smog to a sunburn on the lungs, and children’s little lungs get hit the hardest.

    The EPA is finally moving forward on updating clean air protections that will reduce this potentially deadly pollution. But of course, well-funded Big Polluters are opposed to these smog standards and are pushing back as hard as they can. ...More

  • Blog Post 10 Mar 2015  |   Matt McKnight

    Congressional Climate Champions

    Champions in Congress are standing up to climate change deniers and calling for action. Here are a few highlights from recent activities:

    Senators Maria Cantwell (WA), Barbara Boxer (CA), Ed Markey (MA), and Jeff Merkley (OR) spoke out against overriding President Obama’s veto of the bill attempting to force approval of the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) joined Senator Markey for a press conference against this attempt to ...More

  • Blog Post 26 Feb 2015  |   Hannah Blatt

    LCV Unveils 2014 National Environmental Scorecard

    Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), wrote a new blog on Huffington Post about the 2014 National Environmental Scorecard that LCV released today:

    The American public's growing concern about climate change in 2014 stands in stark contrast to the anti-environment agenda and votes of the U.S. House of Representatives, as detailed in this year's National Environmental Scorecard.

    Fortunately, the House's breathtaking attacks on our air, water, lands, and wildlife were blocked by ...More

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