2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) offered an amendment to H.R. 2728, the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, which would preserve the Department of the Interior’s ability to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands. Methane is a super pollutant, a short-lived but potent climate pollutant whose impact, pound-for-pound, is over 20 times greater than carbon dioxide. Methane is also the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted by human activities in the United States, and natural gas and petroleum production is the largest industrial source of these emissions. In addition to their role in warming our atmosphere, fugitive methane emissions contribute to smog that threatens public health by triggering asthma attacks and aggravating other respiratory conditions. On November 20, the House rejected the Holt amendment by a vote of 190-230 (House roll call vote 601). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.