Woman's National Democratic Club

The UN Report on Biodiversity

On May 6, 2019 the UN released a statement based on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ research and analysis. The report concluded that the rate of species extinction is more rapid than ever before in human history—more than 1 million species face extinction within the next decade, most of which have … Read more

What’s New on the Gun Violence Prevention Front

WNDC joined 221 other advocacy organizations in signing a gun violence research letter sent to House and Senate leadership and members of both Appropriations Committees. The letter generally speaks to the public health emergency of gun violence and specifically urges Congress to appropriate 50 million dollars in the FY 2020 budget for the Centers for Disease … Read more

Dizzying Pace of Activity Addressing Gun Violence on Capitol Hill

Honestly, there’s been so much activity around the issue of common-sense gun reform on Capitol Hill the past month that our heads are literally (well almost) spinning. Let us try to break it down for you: Keeping its promise, the House passed two bills the end of February to rein in gun violence. On February … Read more

Speaker Pelosi Delivering on Promise of Gun Violence Action

As promised, Madam Speaker delivered promptly after the opening of the 116th Congress on legislation to curtail gun violence, something that has been way too long in coming. On January 8, the House ceremoniously introduced H.R. 8, “The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019,” legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales, unveiled in remembrance … Read more

Recommendation from the Committee on Public Policy and Political Action: National Climate Assessment 4

The National Climate Assessment 4, presented at the WNDC speaker luncheon on January 10, 2019 by Dr. Fred Lipschultz, one of the authors, is a gold mine of information on the state of climate change in the US as of November 2018. Volume I presents an assessment of the physical science underlying the report, but … Read more

It’s Even Worse Than We Thought— But There Is Hope

A Dire Outlook Three reports on climate change have recently been issued, and each one is like a punch to the gut. In spite of 45’s “gut” telling him that climate change isn’t real, these scientifically based findings show the near-term changes coming to our earth if immediate and drastic action isn’t taken on a … Read more

Florence Releases Coal Ash

A little over two months ago, on July 17, EPA Acting Director Wheeler issued a revival of former Director Pruitt’s attempt to relax regulations of coal ash storage facilities at coal-fired power plants.  An article in the Issues Watch eblast of July 20 (“Coal Ash Redux”) announced this dangerous move, and described the heavy metals … Read more

Coal Ash Redux

The line from The Who’s classic rock song, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” that says “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” is never so true as at the EPA.  Rejoicing over the departure of Scott Pruitt may have been warranted in terms of his multitude of ethical lapses, but the new Acting Administrator … Read more