WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a session of Congress that saw continued reliance on the failed energy policies of the past while ignoring common sense solutions to America's energy challenges, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today released its 2006 National Environmental Scorecard. To view the Scorecard, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.
“The 2006 National Environmental Scorecard offers a clear view of where each member of Congress stands on some of the most important issues facing our country,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “Who voted for the energy policies of the past and giveaways for Big Oil? Who stood up to protect the environment and the health and safety of American families? The American public can find answers to these questions and many more in LCV’s 2006 Scorecard. We consider the Scorecard a tool to let the public know about the most important environmental legislation considered by Congress this past session and exactly how their elected officials voted on these key issues affecting the environment as well as their health and pocketbooks.”
The 2006 National Environmental Scorecard includes 112 perfect environmental voting scores of 100% (93 in the House, 19 in the Senate) and 100 zeros (80 in the House, 20 in the Senate). The national average was 48 percent for House members and 45 percent for Senators. LCV has published the Scorecard for each Congress since 1970 to inform the public and hold Members of Congress to account for their votes on the environment.
LCV Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld said, “As the American people continue to urge their leaders to help create a clean energy future, unfortunately the last session of Congress only moved us further away from those goals. It’s more clear than ever before that Americans are ready for a change when it comes to energy, the environment and public health. The 2006 National Environmental Scorecard will help hold Members of Congress to account with the people they were elected to serve.”
Schenectady New York Mayor Brian Stratton said, "As Mayor of Schenectady, New York, I'm fortunate to work with members of Congress who ‘get it’ when it comes to the environment, including Senators Clinton and Schumer, as well as Rep. Mike McNulty, who as we see today scored a perfect 100 percent in the LCV National Environmental Scorecard. Unfortunately, there are many more Mayors around America that do not have that luxury, and as a whole the 109th Congress has left a lot of local officials holding the bag. Not adequately funding municipal water and sewer upgrades and allowing the federal Superfund to go bankrupt are just two examples of how this Congress has let us down."
The National Environmental Scorecard – based on a scale of 0 to 100 – was scored on the number of pro-environment votes cast out of the total number included for 2006. Absences are counted as a negative vote. Among the votes included in the 2006 Scorecard are those on offshore drilling, drilling royalties, public health and environmental funding.