Oregon League of Conservation Voters today unveiled scores for the Oregon delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) 2015 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard includes the most votes ever scored and reveals the most anti-environmental Congress in our history. This is in direct contrast to President Obama who led the way on combating climate change and protecting our environment. The Scorecard is available in both English and Spanish at scorecard.lcv.org.
“Once again, too many members of Congress were complicit in extreme attacks on both bedrock environmental laws and more recent progress to protect our air, water, public lands and wildlife,” said OLCV’s Executive Director, Doug Moore. “Fortunately, our Congressional delegation consistently opposed these polluter-driven attacks, fighting for the health of Oregonians, our environment, and our future.”
The 2015 Scorecard includes votes cast during the first session of the 114th Congress. Both chambers seemingly left no environmental issue untouched in 2015, with assaults on the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Antiquities Act. It includes 35 House votes, which ties the record for the most votes scored in the House for the fourth time in five years, and 25 votes in the Senate, the second highest number ever included.
The good news is that the Scorecard also includes many votes led by environmental allies who stood up for climate change science, clean energy, public lands, wildlife protections, among other issues. Thanks to President Obama and environmental champions in Congress virtually all of the legislative attacks on the environment and public health were defeated.
In Oregon, both Senators and three Representatives earned scores of 90% or greater on the 2015 Scorecard. In the Senate, Ron Wyden earned a 92% and Sen. Merkley scored a perfect 100%. In the House, Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, and Peter DeFazio earned scores of 97%, 97%, and 91%, respectively. The average House score in 2015 for Oregon’s Representatives was 69% and the average Senate score was 96%.
“The 2015 Scorecard shows that the radical leadership in the House and Senate wasted no time pursuing big polluters’ agenda last year, and their environmental assault is well underway in 2016,” said League of Conservation Votes President Gene Karpinski. “Fortunately, we have a growing force of environmental allies, including the president, as well as many in Congress, who are working tirelessly to combat climate change, transition to a clean energy economy and safeguard our air, water, lands and wildlife.”
2015 Scores for Oregon’s Congressional Delegation:
Sen. Ron Wyden, 92%
Sen. Jeff Merkley, 100%
Rep. Peter DeFazio, 91%
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, 97%
Rep. Greg Walden, 0%
Rep. Kurt Schrader, 57%
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, 97%
For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. For more information, visit http://scorecard.lcv.org.