WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today added Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to its 2008 “Dirty Dozen” list.* Her lifetime LCV Score of 43% ranks her the worst Democrat in the Senate on environmental issues currently running for reelection. **
Last week, Dr. Thomas Fingar, the Chairman of the National Intelligence Council testified that global warming poses a significant risk to America’s national security, and that “some parts of the United States—particularly built-up coastal areas—will be at greater risk of extreme weather events.” In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s representatives should be leading the charge in the fight against global warming.
“For a Senator from Louisiana, which faces severe consequences from global warming, to fail to protect Louisiana is disappointing,” LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs and Public Education Tony Massaro said. “Senator Landrieu joins the DD because she acts more to protect Big Oil than the future for the people of Louisiana.”
Having accepted more than $530,000 from the oil and gas industry, Landrieu routinely votes in favor of oil company profits. In 2003, 2005, and 2007, Sen. Landrieu voted to give billions in tax breaks and subsidies to the oil industry in spite of that industry’s record making profits. (Roll Call #456, H.R. 6, November 21, 2003; Roll Call #332, S. 2020 Amendment 2609, November 17, 2005; Roll Call #425, H.R. 6, December 13, 2007)
Rather than standing up for more efficient vehicles, which could save American families hundreds of dollars per year, Landrieu has voted against fuel efficiency 11 times since 1999. Instead, she has followed President Bush in calling for more drilling in offshore areas, threatening the coasts and waterways of Louisiana with potential disaster. Time after time she has voted against bills designed to slow global warming pollution.
“Between skyrocketing gas prices and the threat of another Katrina, Louisiana’s representatives owe it to Louisiana families to stand up to the oil companies, to fight for real alternatives to gasoline, and to help put an end to global warming,” Massaro said. “Mary Landrieu’s record proves that she does not have the best interests of Louisiana at heart.”
*LCV’s trademark “Dirty Dozen” program targets current and former members of Congress – regardless of party affiliation – who consistently vote against the environment and are running in races where LCV has a serious chance of affecting the outcome.
**The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s record. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.