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WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Education Fund announced today that their December tele-townhall with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has set a new Guinness World Record® as the largest conference call in history. Nearly 17,000 people from across the nation took part in the call to discuss the Obama administration’s historic new fuel efficiency standards, breaking the previous Guinness record by more than 60 percent.
“The historic turnout on our tele-townhall shows that the American people support the EPA’s work to protect the air we breathe. The public clearly trusts scientists at the EPA over corporate polluters and their allies in Congress,” said Sara Chieffo, Legislative Director at the League of Conservation Voters.
At the height of the call, 16,972 people participated in LCVEF’s tele-townhall, shattering the previous Guinness World Record® of 10,424 simultaneous conference callers, set in 2004. The tele-townhall callers had the chance to discuss with Jackson the administration’s work in raising fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025, which will save consumers money at the pump while reducing carbon pollution. Jackson also discussed her agency’s work in implementing the first-ever national limits on mercury pollution from power plants, the nation’s dirtiest polluters.