This weekend, the 2011 National Environmental Scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) arrived in the mailbox at home. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 of the most respected environmental and conservation organizations in the country. Folks like Oglethorpe’s own Laura Turner Seydel serve on the Board of LCV. The kinds of issues the LCV pays attention to and end up as part of their rankings include:
–funding of parks
–efforts to control greenhouse gases
–subsidies to big oil
–efforts to rollback environmental regulations in place
–mass transportation enhancements
–gutting of the EPA
–Gulf Coast restoration
–Assault on the Clean Air Act
and on and on. A zero rating means someone voted against EVERY piece of legislation designed to protect the environment. Every one. That doesn’t seem possible. Surely, even the most ardent of pro-business folks would see their way to support just one piece of legislation designed to protect our children’s future. Surely. Senator Isakson from Georgia, a staunch conservative, managed to get an 11 rating as he opposed continuing ethanol subsidies. He voted against every other measure along with Senator Chambliss who by supporting ethanol subsidies scored a big fat zero.
I then checked the House votes and ratings. Georgia has eight Republican members of the House and if you average their ratings (give me a minute, let me do the math), they scored a perfect zero. Zero plus zero, carry the zero…. Let me check neighboring Alabama. That bastion of socialism has six Republicans and three of the six actually scored above zero — not much above zero, I will admit, but at least they got their bat on the ball. Louisiana with its six Republicans? I counted a 13, a 17 and a 29 among their rankings. They’re apparently half way to communism down on the bayou.
The current House of Representatives is the most anti-environmental in our nation’s history and that’s saying something.