1975 Scorecard Vote

Strip Mining III
Senate Roll Call Vote 59
Issue: Dirty Energy

(S. 7): Surface Mine and Reclamation Act of 1975: The vote is on the Mathias amendment to phase out strip mining on steep mountain slopes greater than 20 degrees. In a 1973 Senate study, a survey of landslides in Kentucky showed that 86% of the slides from strip mining were on slopes of 20 degrees or more, and that 3 to 5 acres of land are disturbed for every acre stripped on steep slopes. Environmentalists have attempted to include a 20 degree ban since the first strip mining bill was considered in 1972. The President had no position on the amendment. March 12, 1975. Rejected 28-64. The correct vote is yes.

is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 28  
Votes Against: 64  
Not Voting: 7  
Pro-environment vote
Anti-environment vote
Missed vote
Not applicable
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