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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 2013 National Environmental Scorecard

There is a jarring disconnect between the frightening climate change developments of 2013 and the results of the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard. As the scientific consensus around climate change and its impacts only solidified, climate change deniers ramped up their rhetoric, pushed harmful legislation that would exacerbate the climate crisis, and blocked all efforts to address it. Indeed, the first session of the 113th Congress is widely acknowledged to be one of the least productive and most dysfunctional in our nation’s history and will likely be best remembered for shutting down the government. In stark contrast to the congressional denial and dysfunction that ran rampant in 2013, President Obama made significant progress in addressing the climate crisis through executive action.

This Scorecard comes on the heels of another record breaking year of global climate change impacts, ranking as one of the five hottest years ever recorded, replete with perilous extreme weather, including stronger storms, more intense wildfires, and longer droughts. In the U.S. alone, there were seven separate weather and climate disasters in 2013 with price tags exceeding $1 billion. In May, the planet hit an alarming milestone when the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed 400 parts per million, the highest level in human history.

Read the full overview of the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard here.