WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the independent political voice for the environment, today named Virginia Sen. George Allen to its 2006 “Dirty Dozen” list, in recognition of his truly terrible environmental voting record in the United States Senate.
Sen. Allen, whose lifetime LCV score is a paltry 1%, received a whopping 5% in 2005 after garnering consecutive zeros for the 107th and 108th sessions of Congress.
“Senator George Allen has yet to meet a bill sponsored by Big Oil that he didn’t like,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “He voted for the 2005 energy bill – arguably the most anti-environmental legislation to come out of Congress in a generation – thereby showering already profitable oil companies with billions in taxpayer subsidies. Senator Allen could not even bring himself to vote for common sense solutions like making cars go further on a gallon of gas.”
In addition to Sen. Allen, LCV also added the following members to the Dirty Dozen today: Rep. Dan Boren (OK), Rep. J.D. Hayworth (AZ) and Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH).
Having already selected the first 10 members of the group, including one selected in LCV’s first-ever online poll for the “Dirty Dozen,” Sen. Allen joins Senators Conrad Burns (MT), Rick Santorum (PA), Jim Talent (MO), and Representatives Henry Cuellar (TX), Katherine Harris (FL), Richard Pombo (CA), Charles Taylor (NC) and Heather Wilson (NM) on the 2006 Dirty Dozen list. Representatives Tom Delay (TX) and Bob Ney (OH) were placed in a separate category following their respective decisions not to seek re-election.
“His abysmal voting record on the most basic legislation to protect our air, water and land, as well as his refusal to vote to help create a new energy future based on renewable and clean technologies shows just how out-of-touch he is with everyday Virginians,” Mr. Karpinski said.
Over the last decade, LCV’s “Dirty Dozen” list has held elected officials accountable for their votes and actions by highlighting some of the worst environmental records in Congress. Since its inception in 1996, more than half of the candidates named to the “Dirty Dozen” have subsequently been voted out of office.
To learn more about the Dirty Dozen and to view the LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, visit www.lcv.org.
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