Michigan Congressional Delegation Environmental Scorecard Performance Announced

Today, Michigan LCV unveiled scores for the Michigan delegation as part of the national League of Conservation Voters 2012 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard reflects the U.S. Senate’s work in defending against the U.S. House of Representatives’ unprecedented assault on our nation’s environmental and public health safeguards during the second session of the 112th Congress.

No other state in the country values its land, air and water as much as Michigan, the Great Lakes state, and we are proud to have allies such as Senator Carl Levin and Congressman Gary Peters who lived up to this ethos during 2012. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our entire delegation, particularly in the House where our average score was a dismal 42 percent.
 
The 2012 Scorecard includes 14 Senate votes and, for the second consecutive year, a record 35 House votes, on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation.  These votes came at a time when much of the country experienced extreme weather fueled by climate change, including heat waves, severe drought, lowering water levels in the Great Lakes and the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy.
 
In Michigan, 5 House members and both Senators earned a score of 85 percent or greater on the 2012 Scorecard, while 7 House members earned an abysmal score of 10 percent or less. The average House score in 2012 for Michigan was 42 percent and the average Senate score was 93 percent.
 
Michigan Delegation Scores:
 
Senator Carl Levin, 100
Senator Debbie Stabenow, 86
Congressman Dan Benishek, 9
Congressman Bill Huizenga, 11
Congressman Justin Amash, 23
Congressman Dave Camp, 9
Congressman Dale Kildee, 91
Congressman Fred Upton, 6
Congressman Tim Walberg, 9
Congressman Mike Rogers, 6
Congressman Gary Peters, 94
Congresswoman Candace Miller, 6
Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, 8
Congressman Sandy Levin, 94
Congressman Hansen Clarke, 91
Congressman John Conyers, 97
Congressman John Dingell, 83
 
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 a new interactive National Environmental Scorecard this year, 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 scorecard.lcv.org.