The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today released our 2013 National Environmental Scorecard, which allows you to see how your members of Congress voted on the year’s key environmental issues. There is a shocking disconnect between the results of the Scorecard and the impacts of climate change that we are seeing right outside our windows—including stronger storms, more intense wildfires and longer droughts.
While President Obama was making significant progress on tackling the climate crisis, far too many members of the House of Representatives spent their time casting vote after vote attacking our environmental and public health priorities. They attacked cornerstone environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, while voting to increase offshore drilling, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and continue to subsidize dirty fossil fuels. The House also voted to decimate protections for our forests and other public lands, and cut funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In all, the Scorecard includes 28 House votes, and many other egregious votes would have made the list in a typical year. While the House had an average score of 43 percent as a whole, this Scorecard shows the dramatic influence that the Tea Party has had on House Republicans, whose scores have continually declined to a staggeringly low average of 5 percent this year.
However, the good news is that the Senate and the Obama administration blocked the vast majority of the attacks on our environment and public health. The Senate also confirmed Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the EPA and Sally Jewel as Secretary of the Department of the Interior with bipartisan support. Overall, the Senate had an average score of 58 percent with 13 votes scored.
In 2013, we also saw freshmen House Democrats stand up for the environment with an average score of 88 percent. Meanwhile, the members who defeated the 2012 members of LCV’s Dirty Dozen have an average 2013 score of 92 percent, while the Dirty Dozen members had an average lifetime score of just 12 percent. We have also had more members of Congress join groups like the Senate Climate Action Task Force, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, the Safe Climate Caucus, and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition to push for action on climate change.
This year, we have added an exciting new feature to the online Scorecard, which allows you to see every score in one place, and gives you the ability to sort by party and score. Also, we are making it easier for you to see where your member of Congress stands over their lifetime on a particular issue, including categorizes like climate change, dirty energy and toxics.
Click here to find out how you member of Congress scored!