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Climate Change

Learning About and Acting On Global Climate Changes

One of the most serious threats to the environment, health and economy of our nation

Recent scientific studies show that global warming is already causing environmental changes that will have significant global economic and social impacts.

The League believes that now is the time to act on global climate change. We can reduce global warming pollution by using existing technologies to make power plants and factories more efficient, make cars go farther on a gallon of gasoline, and shift to cleaner technologies. Cities, states and individuals are already adopting many of these solutions, which also reduce our dependence on oil, reduce air pollution, and protect pristine places from oil drilling and mining. State and local initiatives are proving that answers exist.

To reinforce and expand on those efforts, the League urges federal action that reduces global warming pollutants on a national and global scale.

League of Women Voters Positions On Climate Change

The League of Women Voters of the United States has issued the following position on global climate change: The League of Women Voters believes that now is the time to act on global climate change. We can reduce global warming pollution by using existing technologies to make power plants and factories more efficient, make cars go farther on a gallon of gasoline, and shift to cleaner technologies. Cities, states and individuals are already adopting many of these solutions, which also reduce our dependence on oil, reduce air pollution, and protect pristine places from oil drilling and mining. State and local initiatives are proving that answers exist. In August 2008, the League called for a moratorium on new construction of coal-fired electric power plants.

The LWV of the United States has issued the following position on Natural Resources:

Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.

  • Natural Resources- Promote the management of natural resources as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems.
  • Resource Management- Promote resource conservation, stewardship and long-range planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government.
  • Environmental Protection and Pollution Control- Preserve the physical, chemical and biological integ-rity of the ecosystem, with maximum protection of public health and the environment.
  • Air Quality- Promote measures to reduce pollution from mobile and stationary sources.
  • Energy- Support environmentally sound policies that reduce energy growth rates, emphasize energy con-servation and encourage the use of renewable resources.
  • Land Use- Promote policies that manage land as a fi-nite resource and that incorporate principles of stewardship.
  • Water Resources- Support measures to reduce pollu-tion in order to protect surface water, groundwater and drinking water.
  • Waste Management- Promote policies to reduce the generation and promote the reuse and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes.
  • Nuclear Issues- Promote the maximum protection of public health and safety and the environment.
  • Public Participation- Promote public understanding and participation in decision making as essential elements of responsible and responsive management of our natural resources.
  • Agriculture Policy- Promote adequate supplies of food and fiber at rea-sonable prices to consumers and support economi-cally viable farms, environmentally sound farm practices and increased reliance on the free market.

Global Climate Change Background Papers