2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) offered an amendment to H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016, which would close loopholes in the Clean Air Act that allow the oil and gas industry to release dangerous amounts of air pollution. Other industries are required to limit their releases of toxic air pollutants like volatile organic compounds and smog-inducing nitrogen oxides, but oil and gas companies lobbied for and won an exemption that allows them to continue endangering public health. The amendment also adds hydrogen sulfide, a harmful, potentially fatal pollutant mainly released during oil and gas extraction, to the Clean Air Act’s list of hazardous pollutants. On June 8, the House rejected the Polis amendment 160-251 (House roll call vote 279). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.