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WASHINGTON, DC- The League of Conservation Voters today released the 2012 National Environmental Scorecard, reflecting the U.S. House of Representatives’ extreme assault on our environmental and public health safeguards at a time of extreme weather events across the country. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) took part in this morning’s Scorecard release and highlighted the U.S. Senate’s work in defending the important safeguards Americans rely on.
“The best that can be said about this session of the 112th Congress is that it’s over,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “In the face of Hurricane Sandy and the hottest year on record in the U.S., the House of Representatives managed to cement its status as the most anti-environmental House ever. If it weren’t for the Senate and the Obama Administration, many of the public health safeguards Americans rely on would have been lost.”
“Clean air and water are essential to healthy families and healthy communities. I’ve been proud to partner with the League of Conservation Voters in my work in the Senate to protect our environment and wilderness areas and to accelerate the transition to an economy that runs on clean energy,” said Senator Jeff Merkley, the only Senator to earn a 100% lifetime score on the Scorecard.
The 2012 Scorecard includes votes during the second session of the 112th Congress. It includes 14 Senate votes and, for the second consecutive year, a record 35 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation.
These votes came at a time when much of the country experienced climate change-fueled extreme weather, including extraordinary heat waves, severe drought and the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, President Obama has defended against many of the House’s attacks and worked to make progress on critical issues like climate change through administrative action.
Nationwide, 85 House members and 37 Senators earned a score of 90 percent or greater on the 2012 Scorecard, while 175 House members and 17 Senators earned an abysmal score of 10 percent or less. The average House score in 2012 was 42 percent and the average Senate score was 56 percent.
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. LCV has also released a new interactive online version of the National Environmental Scorecard this year, which allows users to easily see how every member of Congress voted since the launch of LCV’s first Scorecard in 1971. It includes map and chart features that give snapshot comparisons of votes over time and allows users to sort by issues like climate change or clean energy. It can be found online at http://scorecard.lcv.org.