Background on 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 2019 National Environmental Scorecard
What a difference a year makes. After eight long years of climate change deniers running the show in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2019 National Environmental Scorecard reflects that Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and the new pro-environment majority wasted no time passing legislation to protect our air, water, lands and wildlife and to combat the climate crisis.
At the beginning of 2019, Speaker Pelosi announced that Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL) would lead the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which has led on the more than 120 hearings on climate change the House conducted throughout the year. Furthermore, among the first ten bills of honor the House introduced and passed a climate bill and two democracy reforms, all of which are critical to our efforts to address the climate crisis. H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, ensures that the Trump administration cannot withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, while H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, ensure that all people in this country can equitably participate in our democracy—an undeniably necessary step for protecting our environment and public health in a time when fossil fuel companies are spending excessive amounts to defend their ability to keep polluting.