SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, EnviroVoters released the California delegation’s scores for the League of Conservation Voters’ 2022 National Environmental Scorecard highlighting our state’s leaders’ tremendous action to protect our environment, protect our democracy, and build a clean energy future. Since 1970, LCV’s Scorecard has been the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of members of Congress. It is available for download in English here, in Spanish here, and online in both languages at scorecard.lcv.org.
2022 was the best year ever for climate action in Congress with the passage of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act that invests roughly $369 billion in advancing clean energy, creating good jobs, and fighting climate change and environmental injustice. This clean energy plan was finalized against a backdrop of devastating and costly climate-fueled extreme weather and oil and gas companies’ exploitation of Putin’s unlawful war on Ukraine. Every Democrat in our state’s delegation came together to make the country’s first transformational climate law a reality. Unfortunately, not a single Republican voted for this popular, affordable clean energy plan.
“We are proud to have representatives that will stand up for our state’s health and environment,” said Mary Creasman, CEO, California Environmental Voters (EnviroVoters). “Our California climate champions worked everyday to protect our air and water and build a clean energy future. But we know the work is not done. The future of our planet and our democracy are at stake. California must build on this tremendous success and ensure we implement and invest these dollars as quickly and equitably as possible. The Golden State needs our delegation to work with the White House and their colleagues in Congress to pass bold pro-environment and pro-democracy legislation, now.”
“What a year of historic progress! In 2022, pro-environment majorities in the House and Senate showed the world what’s possible when leaders are committed to delivering the action on climate, clean energy, jobs and justice voters demand,” said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “This year, we are all in to support the swift, effective, and equitable implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, work with California champions in Congress to continue to fight for popular action on climate and environmental justice and block attempts to roll back environmental safeguards, and support the Biden-Harris administration’s finalization of critical health and climate protections across the agencies.”
The 2022 Scorecard includes 23 votes in the Senate and 19 votes in the House, with the vote on the IRA counting twice in both chambers.
The California delegation’s scores include the following highlights:
Senator Feinstein – 96%
Senator Padilla – 96%
Representative Nancy Pelosi – 100%
Representative Kevin McCarthy – 0%
Representative Adam Schiff- 95%
Representative Katie Porter – 100%
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California Environmental Voters (formerly the California League of Conservation Voters) believes the climate crisis is here and this moment requires transformative change. California has the policy solutions to stop climate change but lacks the political will to do it at the rate and scale that’s necessary. EnviroVoters exists to build the political power to solve the climate crisis, advance justice, and create a roadmap for global action. We organize voters, elect and train candidates, and hold lawmakers accountable for bold policy change. We won’t stop until we have resilient, healthy, thriving communities, and a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all. Join us at www.envirovoters.org and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See more press releases.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCORECARD
LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from more than 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, climate change, environmental justice, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, democracy, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and help distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.