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Gene Karpinski
Gene Karpinski is the President of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities. More information on LCV and its work can be found at

Entries by Gene Karpinski

A Showdown Over Policy Riders Could Still Trigger a Shutdown

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:03 PM

Now that Congress has agreed to an overall budget for the next two years and raised the debt ceiling until 2017, and the U.S. House of Representatives has a new speaker in U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the early conventional wisdom is that Washington has finally and mercifully turned the corner...

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One in Three Americans' Drinking Water Will Be Safer: Who Could Be Against That?

(5) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:46 PM

Clean water is essential to all living things, and we rely on our waterways for drinking, swimming and playing. That's why we were thrilled when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect public health and safeguard our water from...

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A Call to Action on Climate for All Candidates for President of the United States

(10) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 11:37 AM

In the months ahead, you will have the chance to lay out a vision of our national future that reflects the aspirations and purpose we all share as Americans.

Despite the political differences among us, when it comes to protecting our environment, the American people are largely of one mind....

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Iowa Ag Summit Presents Tough Choice On Wind Power

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 5:50 PM

Wind is important to Iowa. The wind industry employs up to 4,000 Iowans, it powers over one million Iowa homes, and it benefits Iowa's economy. Given the millions of dollars that Iowa farmers receive in lease payments for wind turbines on their land, we can expect wind energy will be...

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LCV Releases 2014 National Environmental Scorecard

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 3:46 PM

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...

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LCV Releases 2015 Senate Special Edition National Environmental Scorecard

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:38 AM

As their very first move as a new majority in the Senate, Republican leaders took up S.1, a bill to circumvent the normal review process and force approval of the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, making their top priority clear: doing the work of their polluter allies....

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He's Making a List

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 1:29 PM

The fight against climate change never takes a holiday, but before we ring in the New Year let's reflect. 2014 has given us a lot to be merry about, but also shown where there's room for resolutions. We've kept a close eye on who has championed the environment and action...

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LCV's Dirty Dozen: The Names Are In

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:07 PM

For decades, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) has named 12 political candidates to a biannual list we call the Dirty Dozen; it's our signature electoral program. This is how it works: The Dirty Dozen targets candidates for defeat - regardless of party affiliation - who consistently side...

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The Difficult Dance of the 2014 Climate Change Denier

(165) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 7:52 PM

At the start of this year on this site, we urged the media and politicians to debate climate solutions, not the settled science of climate change. The good news is that, more than ever before, candidates are being forced to explain their positions on climate change and what...

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Time for Congress to Join President Obama in Continuing America's Conservation Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 8:45 PM

On September 3, 1964 -- exactly 50 years ago -- President Lyndon B. Johnson signed two bills into law: The Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). From the White House Rose Garden he praised these conservation measures, declaring them "in the highest...

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Business as Usual: The US Chamber's History of Fighting Environmental Protection

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:55 PM

The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is not difficult to defend. Limiting carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's single largest polluter, will undeniably protect the public health and welfare of millions of Americans, not to mention that it is a crucial step towards protecting our land and water from...

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President Obama's Speech a Sign of Strength for Environmental Community

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:32 PM

President Obama's address at the League of Conservation Voters' annual Capital Dinner was a major milestone for our organization. But his speech was bigger than that. It was a symbol that the environmental community has emerged as a truly effective and significant force in the political process.

As The New...

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Climate Change Deniers Are Ignoring the Facts and Doubling Down on Their Extreme Beliefs

(7) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 2:14 PM

We are seeing the conversation on climate change shift, as the media has started asking candidates where they stand on this critical issue. The politicians who continue to ignore basic science and deny that climate change is occurring and human activity is a driving force behind it, are...

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NRDC Action Fund and LCV Combine Forces to Represent the Public Interest in Politics

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Co-authored by Gene Karpinksi

Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time. It pummels our communities with extreme weather, endangers our health, and undermines our economy with costly damages. Americans have said in poll after poll -- in red states and blue -- that they want strong action...

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New Documentary Series Giving Climate Change the Attention It Deserves

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Climate change is the challenge of our generation, but you wouldn't always know that when you turn on the television. Coverage of climate change has not kept pace with the scientific milestones and impacts we're seeing outside our window. A report released this year found that the big...

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Rejecting Keystone XL is Good Politics As Well As Good Policy

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:10 PM

As the debate surrounding the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues, we're seeing an overwhelming reaction from people across the country asking Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject this dirty, dangerous project. The State Department's Keystone XL comment period recently came to a close, with over two million comments...

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Debate Climate Solutions, Not the Facts

(18) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 7:06 PM

Last year, LCV joined tens of thousands of others in calling for the major TV networks to devote more time to covering the climate crisis.

Recently, a group of senators committed to tackling climate disruption made a similar call.

This weekend, the Sunday morning political...

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West Virginia Spill Highlights Need for Toxic Chemical Reform

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Policy debates in Washington can feel a world away from people's daily lives, but an unfortunate event in West Virginia is bringing home just how important they can be. Earlier this week, more than 300,000 West Virginians were without access to clean water after a chemical used to wash coal...

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Cold Weather Brings Out the Climate Change Deniers

(11) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 4:11 PM

It shouldn't come as any great surprise that sometimes, it gets cold in winter. For much of the country, it's gotten really cold thanks to the polar vortex, which occurs when a whirlwind of Arctic air spills southward. When the snow flies, so does the misinformation from the climate change...

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Secretary Jewell to Congress: Protect Our Lands -- Or President Obama Will

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 12:37 PM

There are many stories we will remember about the senseless government shutdown, but several of the most poignant involved our national parks, memorials, and other public lands. The weddings at the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and elsewhere that had to be cancelled. The states desperate to re-open their iconic...

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