LCV Delegation Scorecard Show Most Anti-Environmental Session in U.S. History

Feb 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters  (CTLCV) and the national League of Conservation Voters have released the 2011 National Environmental Scorecard, revealing scores for the Connecticut delegation in the first session of the 112th Congress.

The 2011 Scorecard reflects the most anti-environmental session of the U.S. House of Representatives in history, featuring unparalleled assaults on our nation’s bedrock environmental and public health safeguards.

The good news is that while the House voted against the environment a shocking number of times, both the U.S. Senate and the Obama administration stood fast against the vast majority of these attacks.  Indeed, not only did our cornerstone environmental protections emerge from 2011 largely unscathed, the Obama administration also made major progress through administrative actions to protect our air and water.

“We applaud those members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation who opposed the countless attacks on vital public health and environmental protections in 2011,” said CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown.

In Connecticut, CTLCV also tracks the voting records of elected leaders at the CT General Assembly.  In contrast to the situation in Washington,  Connecticut was able to make progress in 2011 at the state level on key issues such as energy policy, clean water funding, and reducing toxic chemicals that affect human health. “However, we are starting to feel the anti-environmental wave emanating from Washington,” Brown said. “We urge all of our state and federal leaders to vigorously resist all efforts to weaken environmental protections in 2012.”

The 2011 national Environmental Scorecard includes 11 Senate and a record 35 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. The House votes included in the 2011 national Scorecard are simply many of the most significant votes taken in a year that saw the House voting more than 200 times on the environment and public health. In Connecticut, each of the five House members earned a 97 percent score in 2011 , and both Senators earned a 100% score.

“In 2011, the House Republican leadership unleashed a truly breathtaking and unprecedented assault on the environment and public health, the breadth and depth of which have made the current U.S. House of Representatives the most anti-environmental in our nation’s history,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “LCV is grateful to those members of the Connecticut delegation and to the Obama administration for helping to ensure that the House Republican leadership did not succeed in gutting our nation’s cornerstone environmental and public health protections in 2011.  We look forward to working together in 2012 and beyond to protect the planet for future generations.”

For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues.  The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard was established in 2000 to track environmental policy and positions of our state’s elected leaders at the Connecticut General Assembly.

The full 2011 National Environmental Scorecard grading our Congressional delegation an be found at www.lcv.org/scorecard

The full 2011 Connecticut Environmental Scorecard grading our state legislature can be found here.

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) is a bipartisan, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut’s environment by making it a priority for our elected leaders.
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