League of Conservation Voters releases 2008 scorecard
The League of Conservation Voters released its 2008 scorecard Friday which rates members of Congress on their environmental votes this year. Most of the 11 scored votes in the Senate and 13 scored votes in the House were related to energy issues, but the league also looked at how congressfolk voted on climate, public lands, and other issues. This year, 67 House members and 27 senators earned a perfect 100 percent score while 70 House members and 2 senators earned a score of zero percent, among them John McCain (due to missed votes while campaigning). Barack Obama also scored quite low due to missed votes, earning just 18 percent. A few states’ legislators stood out as being especially good eco-voters, with California, Connecticut, Michigan, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin’s senators averaging 100 percent. Meanwhile, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and South Carolina’s senators averaged just 9 percent. In the House, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and Maryland’s representatives reliably voted pro-environment, averaging over 90 percent, while Montana and Wyoming’s reps scored below 10 percent.