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 2016 National Environmental Scorecard
There is no doubt that 2016 will be remembered as a defining year in the fight to address climate change. Even as we experienced the hottest year on record – for the third year in a row – and world leaders came together on Earth Day to sign the historic climate agreement reached in Paris in December 2015, the extreme anti-environmental leadership in the U.S. House and Senate once again unleashed a breathtaking array of assaults on the environment and public health.
The 2016 Scorecard includes a record-breaking 38 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, topping the previous high of 35 votes in the 2014 and 2015 National Environmental Scorecards, and reflecting that it remains the most anti-environmental U.S. House in history. As in recent years, these votes and those taken in the Senate left virtually no issue unscathed and included attacks on many of our cornerstone environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, and the Antiquities Act. From working to block access to the courts to attacking individual species to trying to undermine clean energy advancements, the Republican-led Congress pulled out all the stops to push a polluter-friendly agenda.