On February 19th, House lawmakers passed the Continuing Resolution, or CR, that would establish funding levels for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) called this CR “the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in recent memory.”
LCV tracked how members of Congress voted on 25 amendments that impacted the environment or public health in a “National Environmental Scorecard” released March 1. CAP’s Matt Woelfel has the scores.
There were 86 members who chose to protect the environment and the health of the American people, earning a perfect score of 100 percent. But 74 members of Congress scored 0 percent. These legislators voted against health and environmental protections at every opportunity. They sought to eliminate protections that would keep water clean and free from toxic pollutants, and voted against measures to require the coal industry to safely dispose of ash.
Among the representatives with dismal scores was Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). The leader of the dirty air campaign managed a meager 4 percent on the LCV scorecard, voting against a measure that would prevent the cement industry from emitting mercury into the air and one that would raise health standards for smoke, soot, acids, metals and dust releases.
If this legislation is any indication, the GOP-run House of Representatives can be counted upon to take aim at further health and environmentally-friendly clean energy initiatives, such as massive cuts to the EPA budget and battery production programs, when it attempts to pass a permanent budget for the coming fiscal year.
– Matt Woelfel, CAP Energy Team intern.