NCLCV Announces NC Delegation Scores from LCV's 2011 National Environmental Scorecard
Raleigh, NC – Today, NC League of Conservation Voters joined the national League of Conservation Voters in releasing the 2011 National Environmental Scorecard, revealing scores for the North Carolina delegation in the first session of the 112th Congress. The 2011 Scorecard reflects the most anti-environmental session of the U.S. House of Representatives in history, featuring unparalleled assaults on our nation’s bedrock environmental and public health safeguards. The good news is that while the House voted against the environment a shocking number of times, both the U.S. Senate and the Obama administration stood fast against the vast majority of these attacks. Indeed, not only did our cornerstone environmental protections emerge from 2011 largely unscathed, the Obama administration also made major progress through administrative actions to protect our air and water.
“We applaud those members of the North Carolina delegation who opposed the countless attacks on vital public health and environmental protections in 2011, such as Representatives Watt and Miller, and Senator Hagan,” said NCLCV’s director of governmental affairs, Dan Crawford. “However, it's deeply disappointing that Congressmen Foxx, McHenry, and Burr chose to put corporate polluters and other special interests ahead of the health and well-being of North Carolinians. This is very similar to what we saw on the state level in our recently released scorecard.”
The 2011 Scorecard includes 11 Senate and a record 35 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. The House votes included in the 2011 Scorecard are simply many of the most significant votes taken in a year that saw the House voting more than 200 times on the environment and public health. In North Carolina, the only delegation member to earn a 100% was Senator Kay Hagan. It should also be noted that no delegation member in North Carolina earned a 0. The average House score in 2011 for North Carolina was 50% percent and the average Senate score was 55% percent.
“In 2011, the House Republican leadership unleashed a truly breathtaking and unprecedented assault on the environment and public health, the breadth and depth of which have made the current U.S. House of Representatives the most anti-environmental in our nation’s history,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “LCV is grateful to those members of the North Carolina delegation and to the Obama administration for helping to ensure that the House Republican leadership did not succeed in gutting our nation’s cornerstone environmental and public health protections in 2011. We look forward to working together in 2012 and beyond to protect the planet for future generations.”
North Carolina’s Congressional Delegation 2011:
- Sen. Richard Burr, 9%
- Sen. Kay Hagan, 100%
- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, 94%
- Rep. Renee Ellmers, 9%
- Rep. Walter Jones, 34%
- Rep. David Price, 94%
- Rep. Virginia Foxx, 3%
- Rep. Howard Coble, 11%
- Rep. Mike McIntyre, 54%
- Rep. Larry Kissell, 66%
- Rep. Sue Myrick, 9%
- Rep. Patrick McHenry, 6%
- Rep. Heath Shuler, 71%
- Rep. Mel Watt, 97%
- Rep. Brad Miller, 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.
The full 2011 National Environmental Scorecard can be found at www.lcv.org/scorecard.