League Of Conservation Voters Gives McCain ‘0 Percent’ Environmental Rating

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has repeatedly boasted about his record on the environment and energy issues. His website touts McCain’s “longstanding commitment to conserving America’s natural resources and promoting environmental stewardship,” for example.

Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released its 2008 National Environmental Scorecard — giving McCain a 0 percent rating. The scorecard ranks members of Congress on 11 key votes based on “the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations.” McCain received a “0” because he missed every one of those votes:

McCain’s environmental record isn’t so poor just because he’s been absent. His lifetime LCV rating is 24 percent, with his highest rating at only 56 percent in 2003–2004. McCain has voted against tax incentives for renewable energy, updating building code standards for energy efficiency, and modernization of the electricity grid. Furthermore, he does not support any increases in fuel efficiency above existing law.

McCain curiously said in August, “I have not missed any crucial vote” on energy legislation.