1988 Scorecard Vote
Acid rain has killed all the life in thousands of lakes in the U.S. and Canada and is doing widespread damage to our forests, crops, soils, and streams. Despite overwhelming evidence about the causes and effects of acid rain and strong public support for national legislation to deal with the problem, no acid rain bill has been reported to the floor by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The League of Conservation Voters feels that the Congress members' positions on this issue must be reported even though there has been no floor vote. We felt that the best indicator of support for an acid rain bill was a letter by Representatives Vento (D-MN) and Green (R-NY) to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Dingell (D-MI). Environmentalists worked hard to convince House members to sign the letter. It has been signed by a majority of the House, 230 House members, as of September 15, 1988, and urges Chairman Dingell and his Committee to act expeditiously on pending clean air and acid rain legislation so that it can be brought to the House floor for a vote. We have counted co-signing the letter as a pro-environmental position.