League of Conservation Voters gives Merkley's record an A+
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The League of Conservation Voters has been producing its scorecard, which grades politicians on their environmental voting record, since 1971.
The League of Conservation Voters released the 2012 National Environmental Scorecard Wednesday, scoring the voting records of Washington politicians during the second session of the 112th Congress.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, received a 100 percent rating in 2012 and is only senator to receive a 100 percent lifetime score from the environmental group.
Sen. Ron Wyden, also a Democrat, also received a 100 percent score for 2012 and has a lifetime score of 89 percent.
On the House of Representatives side Oregon's politicians received the following scores:
- Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., received a 97 percent score on her first voting record.
- Greg Walden, R-Ore., received an 11 percent score for the session and 13 percent for his overall record.
- Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., received a 100 percent score for the session and a 95 percent lifetime score.
- Peter DeFazio, D-Ore, received an 86 percent score for the session and 89 percent lifetime.
- Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., received an 80 percent score for the session and 79 percent lifetime.
The League of Conservation Voters has been producing the scorecard since 1991. The data, available online, allows voters to compare votes over time and sort on particular environmental issues.
Sustainable Business Oregon last week talked to Merkley about his recent appointment to lead a green jobs subcommittee.
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