The League of Conservations Voters (LCV) is one of the leading environmental groups and it released its National Environmental Scorecard yesterday. As they pointed out in a statement, over the last 30 years this has become the “nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues.” This year’s ratings were based on 11 votes in the Senate and 13 votes in the House. The two big votes were the American Clean Energy and Security Act that passed in the House by a vote of 219-212 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which included investments in energy related fields and public transportation.
You can see below that the rankings for Virginia’s Congressional delegation was split essentially along party lines regarding how well they did in regards to their voting on these issues. Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello both have some work to do, but the rest of the Democrats all scored above a 93%. I strongly believe that Gerry Connolly’s 100% here represents a continuation of the leadership he’s shown on environmental issues ranging back to his days on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. I’m glad to see that he’s taking leadership on these issues and is standing up for what he believes in while serving in Congress.
In sharp contrast to the Democrats from Virginia, the Republicans had horrible scores as Wolf and Witman lead the way with 21%. Although all of the Republicans had a horrible voting record, it’s worth noting that Rep. Eric Cantor came in with a 0% voting record that is actually extremely hard to do. It essentially means that Cantor did whatever he could to vote against legislation that would actually benefit the environment. Another interesting aspect of these ratings is that the leading Republicans are also the ones that will have the closest races among the Republican incumbents.
Here are the scores:
Sen. Mark Warner 100%
Sen. Jim Webb 100%
Rep. Rick Boucher (D VA-9) 100%
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D VA-11) 100%
Rep. Jim Moran (D VA-8) 93%
Rep. Bobby Scott (D VA-3) 93%
Rep. Tom Perriello (D VA-5) 71%
Rep. Glenn Nye (D VA-2) 64%
Rep. Frank Wolf (R VA-10) 21%
Rep. Rob Wittman (R VA-1) 21%
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R VA-6) 14%
Rep. Randy Forbes (R VA-4) 7%
Rep. Eric Cantor (R VA-7) 0%