Hottest, Most Extreme Year Ever Saw 'Most Anti-Environmental House in History'

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Hottest, Most Extreme Year Ever Saw 'Most Anti-Environmental House in History'

New scorecard from League of Conservation Voters slams House's 'polluter-driven agenda'

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

In 2012, as the nation was watching climate change manifest in the hottest, most extreme year on record, it also had "the most anti-environmental House in our nation’s history," the League of Conservation Voters announced on Wednesday.

The group's findings are presented in their 2012 National Environmental Scorecard, which scored members of the 112th Congress.

"The Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives continued its war on the environment, public health, and clean energy throughout 2012," lamented the group, "cementing its record as the most anti-environmental House in our nation’s history."

"Even as evidence of the growing climate crisis became painfully obvious, a majority in the U.S. House repeatedly voted against efforts to confront it," stated the report.

But the House’s "polluter-driven agenda," states LCV, was tempered by the Senate, which voted down many environmental attacks.

LCV gives members of Congress a score of 0 - 100, based on the number of pro-environment votes cast out of all the possible environmental votes that the group took into consideration. The 2012 scorecard chose 35 House votes and 14 Senate votes the group considered to be the most environmentally significant.

Republican House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.) scored 3%.

Rep. Doc Hastings (Wash.), who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, also scored 3%.

Overall, the highest Senate delegations were California, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, which scored 100%.

The highest House delegations were from Delaware and Rhode Island, which each scored 94%.

Read the full report (.pdf) to see how members of Congress did on each environmental vote.



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