WASHINGTON – Today, the League of Conservation Voters released its Presidential Report Card, assigning President Obama a B+ for his clean energy and global warming accomplishments during his first year in office.
“President Obama has done more to create new clean energy jobs and curb global warming pollution during his first year than any other president has accomplished during an entire term,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We applaud his solid B+ grade and look forward to working with him in 2010 to complete his most important unfinished business: passing comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation.”
The report card provides a grade based on analysis of cabinet and other high-level appointments, executive orders and other administration efforts and legislative actions in Congress. While President Obama has taken action on numerous important environmental and public health issues, this report focuses exclusively on energy and global warming measures, given the urgency of solving the climate crisis and building a clean energy economy. Highlights include:
· Playing a leadership role in the House of Representatives passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
· Granting California’s waiver to impose stricter vehicle tailpipe emissions standards and proposing nationwide emission standards that will result in the equivalent of taking 32 million cars off the road.
· Filling his cabinet and administration with environmental stewards, dedicated staff, scientists and experts.
· Finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases pose a danger to public health and welfare, as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency.
· Pushing for the single largest investment in clean energy in history – more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy, public transit and clean energy jobs in the economic recovery package.
· Achieving modest but critical progress at the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen.
“While the president has made important strides forward, his greatest challenges lie firmly ahead,” said Karpinski. “Fortunately, the policies needed to build a clean energy economy that puts Americans back to work are the same policies that reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect the planet for future generations.”
LCV has produced the Presidential Report Card for other recent presidents in their first year in office. George W. Bush received a D- for his first year and Bill Clinton received a C+. LCV consulted with policy experts at more than a dozen environmental organizations to solicit input for the final evaluation.
View the Presidential Report Card here: http://lcv.org/reportcard/
LCV will further elaborate on legislative actions taken in the 110th Congress in its release of the 2009 National Environmental Scorecard next month. The scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues based on key votes. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.