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NY Outperforms Nation On Environmental Scorecard

Feb. 17, 2011

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Kate Geller, (202) 454-4573
Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350, ext. 206



Strong support for sustainability,
with some notable exceptions


NEW YORK - Today, the New York League of Conservation Voters joined the national League of Conservation Voters in releasing the 2010 National Environmental Scorecard, revealing scores for the New York delegation in the second session of the 111th Congress. The 2010 Scorecard was released amid the greatest attack on the EPA's budget in 30 years and current assaults on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and wildlife protections in Congress.

Click above to download the 2010 National  Environmental  Scorecard.Click above to download the 2010 National Environmental Scorecard."Both of New York's senators and 17 of our House members achieved perfect scores on the 2010 National Environmental Scorecard. Their efforts underscore just how much New Yorkers care about clean energy and a more sustainable future," said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. "We look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle in the New York delegation to keep making environmental progress."

The 2010 Scorecard includes 6 Senate and 9 House votes on issues ranging from clean energy to public health protections to wildlife conservation. Given the disastrous impact of the resolution offered by Senator Murkowski (R-AK), LCV double scored the vote on her bill, which would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with commonsense steps to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. Additionally, LCV took the unusual step of scoring co-sponsorship of Dirty Air Act legislation in the House. These steps bring the Senate total to 7 and the House total to 10.

"Unfortunately, the most important votes of 2010 are the ones that didn't happen: the Senate failed to even begin debate on a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill and also failed to respond to the greatest environmental disaster in our nation's history - the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico," said LCV President Gene Karpinski. "The 2010 National Environmental Scorecard clearly illustrates that there is much work to be done, and LCV will be there at every step of the way in 2011 and beyond, working to protect the environment and public health while transitioning our nation to a clean energy economy."

The 2010 National Environmental Scorecard results for New York are:

SENATE

Charles Schumer (D), 100

Kirsten Gillibrand (D), 100


U.S. HOUSE

Tim Bishop (D), 100

Steve Israel (D), 100

Pete King (R), 10

Carolyn McCarthy (D), 100

Gary Ackerman (D), 60

Gregory W. Meeks (D), 100

Joseph Crowley (D), 100

Jerrold Nadler (D), 100

Anthony D. Weiner (D), 90

Edolphus Towns (D), 90

Yvette D. Clarke (D), 100

Nydia M. Velázquez (D), 100

Mike McMahon (D), 90

Carolyn Maloney (D), 90

Charles B. Rangel (D), 100

José E. Serrano (D), 100

Eliot Engel (D), 100

Nita Lowey (D), 100

John J. Hall (D), 100

Scott Murphy (D), 80

Paul D. Tonko (D), 100

Maurice Hinchey (D), 100

Bill Owens (D), 60

Mike Arcuri (D), 100

Dan Maffei (D), 90

Christopher J. Lee (R), 10

Brian Higgins (D), 90

Louise Slaughter (D), 100

New York's average scores were 100 for the Senate and 88 for the U.S. House, compared with the national averages of 48 for the Senate and 57 for the House.

For 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues.

The full 2010 National Environmental Scorecard can be found at www.lcv.org/scorecard.


 

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