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Texas League of Conservation Voters Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2013 National Environmental Scorecard

February 11th, 2014

**Full Scorecard available at http://scorecard.lcv.org/**

 

Austin, Texas –Today, the Texas League of Conservation Voters unveiled scores for the Texas delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters 2013 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard covers a range of votes of specific importance to Texas, including construction of a border fence, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the health of the Gulf.  The Scorecard also reflects how continued attacks on our environment and public health safeguards have led to all-time low scores for House Republicans.

 

“It was another year of extreme attacks on our environment from far too many in Congress, but allies like Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, Jaoquin Castro, Marc Veasey, and Beto O’Rourke stand out for putting Texas’s values first,” said Texas League of Conservation Voters Executive Director David Weinberg. “Despite a record-breaking year of climate change impacts, members like Congressmen Ralph Hall, Joe Barton, Mike Conaway, Pete Olson, and Blake Farenthold put their polluting special interest allies first.”

 

The 2013 Scorecard covers votes during the first session of the 113th Congress. It includes 13 Senate votes and 28 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation. It comes on the heels of another record-breaking year of climate change impacts with more than 100 climate change deniers serving in Congress.

 

In Texas, five House members earned a score of 90 percent or greater on the 2013 Scorecard, while Senator John Cornyn and 23 House members earned an abysmal score of 10 percent or less. The average House score in 2013 for Texas was 29% percent and the average Senate score was 12% percent.

 

Nationwide, the average House score in 2013 was 43% and the average Senate score was 58%. Members who defeated 2012 members of LCV’s Dirty Dozen have an average 2013 score of 92 percent, while the Dirty Dozen members that they replaced had an average lifetime score of just 12 percent.

 

“There is a jarring disconnect between the frightening climate change developments of 2013 and the results of the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Together with our allies in the Senate, the Obama Administration was able to defend against the worst attacks on our environment and protect public health.”

For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. LCV has released an interactive National Environmental Scorecard, which allows users to easily see how every member of Congress voted since the launch of LCV’s first Scorecard in 1971. It can be found online at http://scorecard.lcv.org/

 

Texas Senate Scores:

Cornyn

8

Cruz

15

 

Texas House Scores 

Gohmert

7

Poe

4

Johnson, S.

4

Hall

4

Hensarling

7

Barton

0

Culberson

11

Brady, K.

7

Green, A.

89

McCaul

4

Conway

0

Granger

7

Thornberry

4

Weber

4

Hinojosa

82

O’Rourke

96

Flores

4

Jackson Lee

82

Neugebauer

4

Castro

96

Smith, Lamar

7

Olson

0

Gallego

64

Marchant

7

Williams

4

Burgess

4

Farenthold

0

Cuellar

29

Green, G.

54

Johnson, E.

93

Carter

29

Sessions, P.

4

Veasey

93

Vela

46

Doggett

96

Stockman

4

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