WASHINGTON, D.C.Following a session of Congress that saw continued reliance on the failed energy policies of the past while ignoring common-sense solutions to Americas energy challenges, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) recently released its 2006 National Environmental Scorecard.
Both Illinois senators scored a perfect 100 percent, an increase of 5 percent from last year, while House members averaged 54 percent. The delegation was led by Senators Richard Durbin (D) and Barack Obama (D), and Representatives Gutierrez and Schakowsky, each with a perfect score of 100 percent. Meanwhile, reps. Don Manzullo and Shimkus received a dismal 0 percent. The national average was 48 percent for House members and 45 percent for senators. LCV has published the Scorecard for each Congress since 1970 to inform the public and hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the environment.
LCV commends Senators Durbin and Obama and Reps. Gutierrez and Schakowsky for their excellent voting records to protect the environment and the health and safety of Illinois families. We also applaud Reps. Johnson and Kirk for their many votes to protect public health and conserve natural resources. Illinois Members of Congress are proof that the environment enjoys bipartisan support, LCV President Gene Karpinski said. Their records stand in stark contrast to that of Reps. Manzullo and Shimkus, who put special interests ahead of their constituents in Illinois, by voting for giveaways to oil companies, and against clean water and food safety, and the publics right to know about toxics released into their communities.
Mr. Karpinski added, The American people want our leaders in Washington to implement real solutions to our energy challenges, such as investing in renewable energy like wind and solar power, but most of this years energy debate in Congress focused on backwards-looking policies like offshore drilling. Its time for Congress to harness Americas ingenuity and technological know-how to promote clean energy that protects the environment and reinvigorates the economy.
The National Environmental Scorecardbased on a scale of 0 to 100was scored on the number of pro-environment votes cast out of the total number of votes included. Absences are counted as a negative vote. Among the votes included in the 2006 Scorecard are those on offshore drilling, drilling royalties, public health and environmental funding.
The Illinois delegation received the following 2006 LCV scores:
Senator Durbin 100 percent
Senator Obama 100 percent
Rep. Rush (01) 58 percent
Rep. Jackson (02) 92 percent
Rep. Lipinski (03) 92 percent
Rep. Gutierrez (04) 100 percent
Rep. Emanuel (05) 92 percent
Rep. Hyde (06) 8 percent
Rep. Davis (07) 83 percent
Rep. Bean (08) 83 percent
Rep. Schakowsky (09) 100 percent
Rep. Kirk (10) 75 percent
Rep. Weller (11) 25 percent
Rep. Costello (12) 75 percent
Rep. Biggert (13) 33 percent
Rep. Hastert* (14) * The Speaker of the House votes at his discretion.
Rep. Johnson (15) 83 percent
Rep. Manzullo (16) 0 percent
Rep. Evans (17) 8 percent
Rep. LaHood (18) 25 percent
Rep. Shimkus (19) 0 percent
To view the entire 2006 National Environmental Scorecard, visit www.lcv.org.
From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue