2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO) sponsored H.R. 4480, the so-called Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, a massive giveaway that prioritized the nation's largest oil and gas companies' interests over our health, natural heritage, coastal businesses, and national security. The bill delayed clean air standards that would reduce the industry's pollution by overturning the Clean Air Act's requirement that national air quality standards be based solely on the best science. It threatened the interests of hunters, anglers, and other outdoorsmen by establishing oil drilling as the primary use of America's public lands. It endangered fishermen and others who depend on clean oceans and beaches by requiring Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease sales off the coast of Virginia and by supporting dangerous offshore drilling elsewhere along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. This legislation also undermined our nation's national security interests by making it harder for President Obama to quickly respond to an emergency supply disruption by tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. On June 21, the House approved H.R. 4480 by a vote of 248-163 (House roll call vote 410). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.