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Overview of the National Environmental Scorecard

Since 1970, the National Environmental Scorecard has been providing objective, factual information about the most important environmental legislation considered and the corresponding voting records of all members of Congress. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who select the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, global warming, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs. The Scorecard is the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. 

Overview of the 2014 National Environmental Scorecard

The American public’s growing concern about climate change in 2014 stands in stark contrast to the anti-environment agenda and votes of the U.S. House of Representatives, as detailed in this year’s National Environmental Scorecard. Fortunately, the House’s breathtaking attacks on our air, water, lands, and wildlife were blocked by our allies in the U.S. Senate, who grew even more vocal this year about the urgency of addressing climate change. We were also thrilled by the progress made by President Barack Obama, who continued using his executive authority to build on his historic record on climate change and other environmental priorities.

Again this year, the impacts of climate change broke records, further motivating the American people to call for climate action. 2014 registered as the hottest year on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, punctuating a trend that includes 14 of the 15 hottest years recorded this century. This warming is just one of the many impacts of dangerous carbon pollution—including rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and drought in some areas and flooding in others—each of which was detailed in this year’s National Climate Assessment, the most comprehensive and authoritative scientific report ever produced about climate’s impacts on the United States and our economy. This growing evidence of climate change helped mobilize more than 300,000 people to march this fall in New York City and tens of thousands more in cities around the world.

Read the full overview of the 2014 National Environmental Scorecard here.