LCV Releases 2018 National Environmental Scorecard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2019
Contact: Doug Moore, OLCV Executive Director
(503) 224-4011; dmoore@olcv.org

Portland, Oregon — The Oregon League of Conservation Voters today released the Oregon delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available online at scorecard.lcv.org.

“As the Trump administration continued their assault on out most important environmental protections, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley stood up for Oregon’s air, water, land, and wildlife,” said Doug Moore, OLCV’s Executive Director.  “We are proud to have representatives in Congress who fight for Oregon’s communities.”

The 2018 Scorecard measures votes cast during the second session of the 115th Congress. In Oregon, three House members and two Senators earned a score of 80 percent or greater. The average House score for Oregon was 74 percent and the average Senate score was 100 percent. The full delegation’s scores for 2018 are:

Senator Ron Wyden – 100%
Senator Jeff Merkley – 100%
Representative Peter DeFazio – 99%
Representative Earl Blumenauer – 99%
Representative Suzanne Bonamici – 99%
Representative Kurt Schrader – 68%
Representative Greg Walden – 7%

The 2018 National Environmental Scorecard reveals that, once again, the extreme pro-polluter Republican leadership drove their caucuses to an abysmal average score of eight percent in both chambers of Congress. In stark contrast, Senate Democrats and the Independents who caucus with them earned an average score of 95 percent, and House Democrats earned an average score of 90 percent.

“After eight years of the most anti-environmental U.S. House ever and two years of relentless attacks on the environment from the Trump administration, the tectonic shift to a pro-environment majority in the people’s House comes not a moment too soon. We could not be more excited to work with the new pro-environment House majority to protect our air, water, lands, and wildlife, combat the climate crisis, and hold the Trump administration accountable,” said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld.

“Across both chambers, we scored several votes seeking to build Trump’s racist and anti-environmental wall along our southern border and promoting other harmful anti-immigrant policies,” said Fernando Cazares, National Director of LCV’s Chispa. “The only real emergency is the manufactured crisis Trump created for political reasons which is endangering families attempting to seek asylum escaping violence and a chance for a better life, and we will continue to hold Trump and his allies in Congress accountable.”

The 2018 Scorecard includes 35 House votes that span the chamber’s assaults on clean air and water, lands and wildlife protections, investments in clean energy and so much more. In the Senate, the majority of the 14 votes scored are confirmation votes on Trump’s anti-environmental nominees.

LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, climate change, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and help distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.

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