The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state, and local priorities, and the 2014 Environmental Facebook summarizes the backgrounds and environmental positions of newly elected federal candidates who were endorsed and/or financially supported by LCV Action Fund. As in past election cycles, LCV Action Fund supported federal candidates who demonstrate a commitment to taking action on climate change, promoting clean energy, and protecting our lands and wildlife. For a complete list of LCV Action Fund endorsements, including those of incumbents who were re-elected, please visit: www.lcv.org/2014endorsements.
The 2014 Environmental Facebook includes 16 new members of the U.S. House and 4 new members of the U.S. Senate. LCV looks forward to working with them and with returning members of Congress and the Obama administration to protect our environment and our health, to tackle climate change, and build a clean energy future.
The newly elected officials included in the Environmental Facebook completed a comprehensive League of Conservation Voters questionnaire on a wide variety of energy, environment, and public health issues. When an icon below appears on an individual's webpage in the Environmental Facebook, it indicates that he or she has committed to the pro-environment position on that key issue in the LCV questionnaire they completed. In some cases, omission of a particular icon simply indicates that the candidate's response was too nuanced to warrant an icon.
Climate Change – Executive Action: Support for the Environmental Protection Agency using its authority under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and opposition to legislative attempts to block, weaken, or delay these safeguards.
Climate Change: Support for legislation that reduces carbon pollution 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, and for a global climate change treaty.
Clean Energy: Support for clean energy tax incentives, including permanently extending the production tax credit (PTC) and making the investment tax credit (ITC) eligible to the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind projects.
Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: Opposition to legislation that would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Oil Subsidies: Support for legislation to end all subsidies to oil companies, including tax breaks.
Clean Water: Support for legislation to reaffirm the historic scope of the Clean Water Act and for the Administration’s authority to protect the nation’s waterways and wetlands.
Toxic Chemicals: Support for legislation updating the Toxic Substances Control Act to protect the public from toxic chemicals.
Oceans Policy: Support for reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and shifting to a more comprehensive, science-based management approach to fully protect and restore America’s oceans.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Support for legislation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development by permanently designating it as wilderness.
Land Conservation: Support for legislation to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).